My husband and I flew Air Tran from Boston to Ft. Myers through Atlanta. No curbside check-in. When we tried to check our bags, the woman (let's call her "Blonde Lady) told us they had to be searched. These were our check-in bags. Well, pain in the neck but OK, we understand. At the risk of being politically incorrect, let me say that we are a middle aged couple, 57 and 62, fair and WASPy looking. We take the bags around the partition and "Security Guy", who barely spoke or understood English, indicated that we were to lift the bags onto a card type table. I lifted the carry-on and it was searched. Fine. I could not lift the 2 check-in bags because they were too heavy. We explained many,many times that my husband had just had a surgical procedure and was under doctor's orders not to lift anything heavier than 10 pounds. Security Guy grabs them, lays them on the floor and searches my husband's. Fine. Then he searches mine, leaving half my clothes in a ball, half in and half out of the suitcase on the floor and then walks away leaving my things like that. I'm kneeling on the floor trying to repack my bag when another security person tells me that I should complain to a supervisor. We finally get the bags checked and this person brings me to a supervisor to tell my story. The supervisor goes over to Security Guy and comes back and tells us that he was very upset because my husband "refused" to lift the bags!!! Then we go through the metal detector gate and Security Guy and Ms. Brunette tell us that we have to be searched again! This is the second time in 10 min. by the same people. They take everything out of my purse and my carry-on again, pass the wand over my husband and make both of us take off our shoes. We finally get to the gate and when we were boarding, guess what? Blonde Lady is there and tells us that we have to be searched! Guess who searched us? Security Guy and Ms. Brunette for the 3rd time in less than an hour! Everything out of my purse and carry-on again and both of us were searched with the wand and had to take our shoes off again. It was nothing but harassment, pure and simple. Then we get on the plane. The rows are squished together like most planes were several years ago but this plane is new. My husband is 6'4" and always has trouble on planes but literally can't fit his knees behind the seat. Blonde Lady had assigned our seats and, to make matters worse, put us in a row where the seats didn't recline. We flew home on Delta. We will never darken Air Tran's door again. My advise is to ignore them at all costs.
Flying Air Tran was a NIGHTMARE!
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