I don't even pay attention to the occasional TSA agent who is indeed a dick on a power trip. I just do what they say and put up with the headache and time consuming crap it takes to fly in today's world. Because st the end of the day it's just for my own safety.
People who bitch about it are motions who are immature. It's also a good chance there a meat head who thinks you have to be a tough guy bad ass to be a man.
The wife and I made a game out of picking the ones who will get nicked. You can tell the antsy ones, who are in a hurry. The loud ones, who want attention. The guy down the aisle who doesn't look at anyone, and us. All trying to get to where we want to go. With as little deprivation as possible.
The only thing coming to you for being the center of attention at the airport. Is time away from your travels.
I don't think calling someone a douche is cursing...and the guy probably was being a douche.
But, calling them a douche is likely to get a negative reaction and they will screw with you.
Just like a buddy of mine did when we flew back from a dive trip to Tuks and Caicos. He got a little attitude with the passport control agent becuase he was pissed that we had to wait in line for about 90 min in the passport hall. Not smart. They tagged his documents and they spend 30 minutes tearing his luggage apart in a back room. Best to just roll with it and move on.
Too many folks have the mistaken idea that they have rights at the airport. Especially International Airports. Nothing cold be further from the truth. When I am out of the country, I spend a lot of time at the airport. One of those quirks I have. I wander around for hours. Pre 9/11, you could go almost anywhere. You got caught, you got sent on your way. Nowadays. Let's say, I do more watching than hiking, and leave it at that. It really is more difficult to move around willy nilly anymore. AirPort Security is scary. They can be your best friend one moment. And you worst nightmare the next. You do not fug with them. Next to Australia, the US is the most lax. Hellz, I was once somewhere, out there, boring airport, could not even find the security office. All four doors I had access to had key locks. That was the only security I saw in the longest 4 hours of my life.
When at the airport. The quickest route out of dodge is to keep your head low, follow the rules, no eye contact, and never touch. A few moments of submissive behavior is a small price to pay to travel stress free.
Some folks love trains. Me, I love me some airport. The mass of humanity crammed together in a huge dance centered around getting the hell out of there. Me? I love to follow Security around. Being legal has put a new spin on my travel games. What used to be work and necessary, have morphed into a hobby.
Used to watch security to see if security was watching me. Now I watch security to see who they ARE watching. Stay away from the ones being watched. That's my motto.
The main perk of being legal again is going through checkpoints without an exit strategy. All that thought and planning is stressful. Airport security is your friend. Well...maybe a good acquaintance is a better word. Keep a weathered on eye them, they will let you know where/if there is trouble afoot.
As Hatter said. There are certain folks you just don't fug with. AirPort Security is high on that list.