Remember that little post I wrote a month or so ago about my morning at Newark Airport? Well about 30 days ago, I get a letter in the mail from the TSA. What did it say you might ask? Well, they imposed a $250.00 civil penalty against me. I am assuming this paid for the paperwork and background checks etc. They were generous, however, by allowing me to pay $125.00 within 30 days of the notice. Sigh.
Now for my concern… How is this going to affect my future travel? How is this going to affect any and all CCW’s I am privileged with? Am I going to get flagged every time I go through security going forward? I hope the TSA had a good time going through all my dirty laundry last time they searched my bag. I called the number on the letter… I left a message… We wait, and wait, and wait, and wait four days… Until, about 10 minutes ago. I get a call from a very pleasant young lady on the other end who identified herself being from the TSA and that she is responding to my voice mail. Actually, I didn’t expect a call back at all. Here is what she told me, and she made no bones about the information she was delivering:
- I am still eligible for the $125.00 reduction in fine cost. Outstanding.
- This will NOT affect or give me a criminal record. Outstanding
- This will NOT affect any CCW’s that I have. Outstanding (but I will not hold my breath for the next few months)
- And finally, that this will not affect any future travel at all. Outstanding. However, I do know my bag was sifted through after the last trip I took… So we will see.
In all she assured me that this was not criminal in any way, just covering costs and I am sure it is psychological in nature so I should check my bag before I go to the airport a little more thoroughly going forward.
I write this as an FYI to all of you who may travel for business and have dual purpose bags like me…