Anna Paquin says a 'super-hostile' TSA agent made her cry

Even if you have a full set of brand-new Louis Vuitton luggage, the world’s best travel pillow, and a personal valet to tote it all through the airport for you, commercial plane travel is a drag. For Anna Paquin on Wednesday, it was a teary drag.

The True Blood alum, 36, shared in an Instagram post that she had a trip from hell when, while departing Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, she had a ” super hostile” run-in with a TSA agent — in front of her 5-year-old twins, Poppy and Charlie — that left her in tears. According to her version of events, she asked an agent a “simple polite question” and the person “snapped” and “yelled” at her.”

“Makes ya feel super dignified walking through the airport with kids and gear unable to stop crying,” wrote a red-faced Paquin, who is married to actor Stephen Moyer, her onetime True Blood co-star. And she was especially bummed because it was a terrible way to “leave the incredibly hospitable and polite” city, where Moyer has been shooting Fox’s The Gifted.

The experience was even more baffling to Paquin because as a mom of young twins, she’s extra mindful of her manners and tone while traveling. “I assume nobody is pleased to see me in these settings and go on the charm offensive hard core!” she wrote.

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TSA #TBT January 2007 --- This Los Angeles (LAX) traveler didn’t think his wardrobe through before coming to the airport. In addition to actual firearms, replica firearms (such as this belt buckle) are prohibited, as they can cause alarm in the airport/airplane environment.
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A Dallas Love Field (DAL) traveler had these throwing knives in their carry-on bag. All knives are prohibited from carry-on bags, but may be packed in checked baggage. #TSATravelTips
#TSAGoodCatch - Replica firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags. Knives are prohibited in carry-on bags. Knife guns? #Nope This was discovered in carry-on bag at Providence (PVD).
#TSAGoodCatch - This ornate jawbone tomahawk was discovered in a carry-on bag at Salt Lake City (SLC). Jawbone tomahawks (and all other tomahawks) must be packed in checked baggage.
#TSATravelTips - In addition to being a cute cat keychain, this is a punching weapon. Just as with brass knuckles, they’re prohibited from being packed or carried through the checkpoint. This one was discovered this week at the Norfolk International Airport (ORF). You can pack them in your checked baggage.
#TSAGoodCatch - This folding throwing star was discovered in a carry-on bag at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). These are prohibited from carry-on bags and should be packed in checked baggage. #Krull
#TSAGoodCatch - This comb dagger was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Lihue Airport (LIH) in Hawaii. Knives are always prohibited in carry-on bags no matter the size. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.
#TSAGoodCatch - This folding knuckle knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Both knives and brass knuckles are prohibited from being transported in carry-on bags
#TSAGoodCatch - This #bejeweled lipstick stun gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). All stun guns are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags or carried on your person.
#TSAGoodCatch - This inert anti-tank landmine was discovered in a checked bag at Austin (AUS). If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because our explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.
#TBT - May 2014 - This mallet was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Items such as sledgehammers and mallets are considered bludgeons and are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. Checked baggage is fine.
#TSAGoodCatch - This ice pick concealed inside of a cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Newark (EWR). Concealed weapons can lead to fines and arrest.

A spokesperson for Paquin hasn’t yet shared more details about the incident — and the TSA hasn’t commented either — but the New Zealand-raised star has been getting a lot of support from her followers because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t have a horrible travel story?

I understand the frustration. I try to think to myself that they must be having a really bad day to treat people the way they do,” one commenter said. Another added, “Traveling with small kids is extremely stressful. The last thing you need is someone who has zero understanding yelling at you.”  Someone else wrote, “Atlanta loves you. Let it out and then regroup. I cried in Target last week.” A mother shared a similar story: “I had broken down in tears bc of a rude TSA agent as well. I got lucky and a female TSA agent who is a mother came to my rescue like an angel. Its hard enough to navigate the airport w children. The last thing a mother needs is an attitude and disrespect.” 

And while the puffiness in her eyes didn’t go down immediately, the rest of the flight shaped up. She later shouted out Delta’s good service and gave herself a pat on the back for cleverly putting one of her sleeping kids on a moving suitcase — while carrying the other — on the way to baggage claim.

This isn’t the first time Paquin’s travels made headlines. In March, the family’s dogs were quarantined in London “for 21 days for NO REASON,” according to the couple. (The government said it was an issue with shots.) They started an online campaign to #FreeDaveandBanjo.”  The dogs were finally released in April.

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