Here's a story you wouldn't think would have a happy ending: a TSA officer accidentally groped a female passenger, thinking she was male. And yet, against all odds, his "mortifying" mistake turned out well for both of them.
Please fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a turbulent ride with a smooth landing.
So, I work for the TSA, and have for a few years now. It's a good job overall. I'm underpaid, but the benefits are nice, and I get overtime when I want it.
A little over a year ago, during the week leading up to Christmas, we had some really bad weather that delayed all the flights. I volunteered to stay late so that my coworkers could go home to their families. Most of the work was done anyway, so it was mostly just standing around waiting for the odd latecomer
I was working the AIT (the space tube thingy), when three passengers came up together, a middle-aged man, a middle-aged woman, and a teenage boy. I figure it's a family traveling together for the holidays, and go about my work.
Mom goes through, all is fine. Dad goes through, all is fine.
Kid comes up, I get a good look at him. Hoodie, sweatpants, shortish hair, smooth face. I figure he's about 13, maybe 14.