These Are the Things You Should Never Say to a TSA Agent

Want to get through airport security with minimal hassle? One of the best ways to do that is to listen to the Transportation Security Administration agents’ instructions — and to keep your mouth shut. The agency is extremely serious about keeping everybody safe. So saying the wrong thing to a TSA agent can get you into major trouble.

Below, check out some of the things you should never, ever say to a TSA agent — at least not if you want to get to your plane on time.

1. I’m not going in that scanner. You’re not seeing me naked!

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Don’t make a big deal of opting out of the body scanner. | iStock.com/Mariakraynova

The new body scanners used by the TSA only show the outline of a generic body, and images of your body are never actually seen by a real person. You don’t have to go through the body scanner. The TSA allows any traveler to skip the technology and opt for a pat-down instead, so there’s no need to be rude. Smarter Travel reports if you’re particularly annoying, a TSA agent might purposefully delay getting a supervisor to pat you down. Just quietly and politely inform the agent that you’d prefer not to go through the body scanner, and you’ll have a much easier time.

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