Am catching up reading posts that I missed while I was away. I have found very interesting and instructive material discussed here.
One piece of information I did not see covered in the posts is that when any of us passes through TSA checkpoints, one has the right to ask for "a private screening for valuables." I ask the TSA officer as I approach the conveyor to screen me and my valuables in private to maintain my security. What I have just stated can be found on www.tsa.gov
Please remember I am a "golden senior" who is mainly flying international routes from Logan Airport in Boston to board long cruises (at least a month), I am polite, and I always make clear that while I recognize TSA has the right to inspect the contents of my carry-on bag (and sometimes a small backpack that I use as a "personal item"), the items being inspected (jewelry, camera bodies and lenses, and prescription medication in original containers) are my property.
When the screening is about to be conducted in a private room, I very nicely ask that only one officer touch the items and that he or she keeps his or her hands visible to me at all times. I have never been denied such an inspection and have never needed to wait to have the inspection performed.
To add some levity to this post, during one such inspection last year, I had the female TSA officer remove necklaces and bracelets (one at a time), hold them up to her colleague who was standing off to the side, whistle (in appreciation, I think), and ask me, "Girl, don't you know you're crazy to be traveling with all this stuff?" I informed her that I had no intention of leaving the jewelry at home in a safe, and when I wear a piece, I am honoring the memory of my mother or my aunts who left me the pieces because each had reason to believe I would wear a given piece--and not keep it in a safe or safe deposit box. Her reply was, "Girl, now you go on, get out of here, and wow 'em!" Some would find her remarks offensive, I found them hilarious.