Recently, the TSA inspected the suitcase I checked with the airline. The funny thing is, I wasn’t the least bit unhappy about it.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had a bag inspected. It won’t be the last. I’ve done a lot of travel in my time, including nearly a decade as an international consultant, traveling 3-4 weeks a month. I’ve had security officials inspect my bag at the security checkpoint, at Customs, even at the entrance to the jetway. Once, years ago, a TSA official inspected my suitcase so carefully that she unwrapped all three of the cough drops I had in my toiletries case. (She attempted to rewrap them and put them back in the case, but I decided to let them go.)
The recent inspection was the best one I’ve ever had. As soon as I got to the hotel, I could tell that the bag had been opened. I always zip my bag from bottom-to-top, so that I can stuff in the last minute items. So the first thing I noticed that the bag had been zipped from top-to-bottom.