Skip to comments.Dear America, I Saw You Naked. And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.
Posted on 01/31/2014 1:24:59 PM PST by lowbridgeEdited on 01/31/2014 1:32:22 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilotsthe implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying.
Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the groupa young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that his homecoming champagne had to be taken away in the name of national security.
There I was, an aspiring satire writer, earnestly acting on orders straight out of Catch-22.
I quickly discovered I was working for an agency whose morale was among the lowest in the U.S. government. In private, most TSA officers I talked to told me they felt the agencys day-to-day operations represented an abuse of public trust and funds.
Charges of racial profiling by the TSA made headlines every few months, and working from behind the scenes we knew what was prompting those claims.
Imagine the government's description of the "ideal candidate" to fill such a position.
Hey! As long as muzzies can get through without hassles, it’s all good.
But like good little whores, they showed up every day and shat on the Constitution anyway.
Fly for any non-essential reason, and YOU are part of the problem !
This was a very interesting article.
Welcome to the USSA. Give me your papers and bend over ma'am. Fer da children
But you did it anyway, didn't you?
As long as no muslims were offended or humiliated...
That is a standing order.
NO muslims shall be inconvienced or hassled.
Seen it too many times for it to be coincidence.
He was braver than anyone in congress, saving us millions of dollars.
Where are any other brave Americans?
And by other, I am not including the military - that is a given. But where are other federal employees willing to break rank and risk things to share some truths with the American people?
Like I care what some TSA loser thinks?
In another life when I was in training at the TSA during their initial start they had us confiscating scissors from pilots. I questioned the rational of that because the pilots were in the cockpit and in control of the plane anyway.
The reason to confiscate from pilots was “Someone might break into the cockpit during flight and go straight to the pilots personal gear, take the scissors and try to take over the plane”.
I just sat there in amazement at the Barney Fife mall Ninja wannabe’s answer. I needed a job at the time so I bit my tongue. Some of the the people I worked with initially were actually fairly well educated and motivated just post 9/11 and needed a job as well. The rest of the TSA screeners were doing good just to get dressed and actually find their way to work.
The organization slowly changed into a giant welfare to work make-work project for the chronically unemployable.
“The organization slowly changed into a giant welfare to work make-work project for the chronically unemployable.”
I had friends who tried to become TSA screeners shortly after the agency was formed. The screeners test was very difficult and you had to be pretty sharp to pass it.
I don’t know about what the test is like now but if you look at what the job pays (entry level) and the working hours (usually part time), I doubt that they attract the best and brightest into government service.
The TSA, only one step below the DMV.
I don't know what your friends were like but I found the test not that hard. It was basic common sense, but then I was educated when a education actually meant something.
One of the traits that did show up to a surprising degree among co-workers was back stabbing and using sexual and affirmative action complaints to further advancement.
You not only had to watch for "security threats" but had to be extremely careful in word or deed lest you run afoul of the "chronically offended." The management was no better and displayed some amazing gross incompetence. I eventually resigned in disgust.
One of my brothers-in-law is a TSA agent; he's an a**hole and I hate his guts. When we were on talking terms, her corroborated the above. Someone gives them attitude, and they purposely do a random pat down and slow it way down to inconvenience the passenger. And unlike this writer of the article, he enjoys doing it. His previous job was being a car salesman; a loser.
how about mandatory rad badges for emplyees? In all locations, public buildings, courthouses etc. even for regulars like workers to pass near xray machines.
“I don’t know what your friends were like but I found the test not that hard. It was basic common sense, but then I was educated when a education actually meant something.’
I don’t know when you were tested but the original threat identification screening exercises were quite difficult according to many sources. Common sense had nothing to do with those tests, they relied on visual acuity and quick threat assessment.
Based on the caliber of agent I have seen, I can’t imagine they still perform the same battery of tests for qualification.