It's established that many TSOs will try to coerce passengers into compliance with their unconstitutional demands by using the veiled threat "Do you want to fly today?" I'm creating this thread as the first of what I hope will be a successful series of narrow-focus TSO-attitude-deflator threads dedicated to tackling issues like this. In this thread, I'd like to get some discussion going about successful and failed attempts to jerk the rug of perceived authority out from under TSOs playing the DYWTFT card and bring them back in line. A few points to consider: -Not all TSOs are the same with regard to authoritarianism - some will back down when challenged, others are too simple-minded to know when to quit -Not all passenger travel circumstances are the same - some pax are flying recreationally and have time to duke it out with the TSO, the FSD and whoever else may be involved. Others may need to get to their flight if they want to keep their jobs. -Not all pax respond to pressure the same way. Some have a lot of trouble keeping their wits about them in a stressful situation such as those created by geTSApo thugs. -At least some higher-level TSOs disagree with the use of DYWTFT and try to train it out of their subordinates As someone who has never been faced with DYWTFT I'm not in much of a position to offer suggestions based on experience, but the one recommendation I've heard is to demand a supervisor immediately. I guess the question is what to do if that fails and the LTSO or STSO decides to back the DYWTFTer instead of the passenger.