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10 Worst TSA Employees of 2008

By Jenni Chasteen on

Last year horror story after horror story came out about the TSA that removed any doubt as to why they’ve sank below the IRS has the most hated government agency. But aside from some questionable policies, maybe a lot of their problems could have been solved by canning their worst employees. Here is a list our team at LuggageOnline compiled of the WORST TSA employees of 2008.

10. The TSA Agent who screens laptops, but doesn’t know what they are

Back in March of last year a TSA agent who’s specially trained to categorize things as “laptop” or “not-a-laptop” had never heard of the Macbook Air. Usually the owner of the laptop beamed when someone noticed how thin it was and how it lacked ports on the back… but when a TSA agent notices anything you know it’s not going to end well for you. Luckily there were some more tech savvy agents to explain the scary new technology. Still, this is a pretty embarrassing moment for the TSA and it sounds like this guy should try to keep up with the times if he plans to ID electronics for a living.

Via Engadget

9. The guy who stole a $50k camera and sold it on eBay

I’m not sure what you’re average TSA agent would use a $47,900 professional television camera for, but apparently neither did he and that’s why it ended up on eBay. Turns out this guy had been helping himself to the contents of everyone’s luggage. When he was arrested they found 66 cameras, 31 laptops, computers, jewelry, GPS devices and more, totaling over $200,000 worth of stolen goods. And you really have to wonder how this guy walked off with $47,900 camera without anyone noticing in the first place.

Via Gadling

8. The woman who makes up her own rules about firearms

This instance probably most accurately describes the typical TSA attitude of “It’s my way or the highway.” But it seems like even when you study up on the correct policies of what’s permissible on a plane, there’s a TSO waiting at security to tell you that you’re wrong and you’re always going to be wrong because they say so. The woman of the hour claims that “TSA sometimes gives us different policies than they give you” and tries to deny a soldier the right to transport his firearm which is properly stored as per the rules on the TSA website. She even throws in the insulting “I am the supervisor” line when he asks for a second opinion.

Via Consumerist

7. The sadist who forced a woman to stand on a sprained ankle

The official policy according to the TSA website is that officers will not ask you to remove a prosthetic device, cast or brace. Yeah? Well tell that to the woman who had to remove her foot brace and stand on her sprained ankle and even lift each foot individually. If you’ve ever sprained your ankle you might have some idea how incredibly painful, not to mention difficult that is. Apparently after the incident the woman’s ankle had not one, but two fractures.

Via KerpTV

6. The agents who made a woman remove her nipple ring (and giggled about it)

Probably one of the most memorable horror stories of ’08 was the TSA nipple ring fiasco. A woman was forced to remove her nipple ring with a pair of pliers, even though according to policy she should have been offered a private pat down by a female TSA officer. To add insult to injury, she could hear the male agents laughing from behind the curtain as she removed it.

Via CBS News

5. Whoever was responsible for designing the new TSA uniforms

Remember the big fuss the TSA made about their new uniforms? You know, the ones that made them look like cops and added metal badges to ensure they would never be forced through a checkpoint? They really talked them up all year—they even had a micro-site dedicated to them . Well it’s hard not to laugh at the fact that these uniforms contain formaldehyde which is causing TSA employees to break out with rashes.

Via Washington Post

4. Everyone involved in confiscating a homemade battery and then bragging about it

This was really a joint effort. A TSA officer confiscated a completely harmless home-brew battery because they thought it was an explosive. The bomb experts who examined it realized it wasn’t capable of exploding, but the TSA apparently wanted the souvenir. This kind of thing happens all the time, but the really weird thing about the story is that someone at the TSA website then went on to brag about their victory, you know, of confiscating a battery that they called “explosive-like” for no good reason.

Via Gizmodo

3. The TSA Inspector who grounded 9 planes by climbing sensory equipment

We can’t help but feel like things in this story don’t add up. The TSO in question damaged an aircraft’s sensory equipment in order to conduct an overnight security check. Not only did they damage the plane, potentially risking the lives of future passengers when their sole purpose is to “maintain security” but they also clearly must not understand the planes that they are inspecting otherwise they probably wouldn’t have used the TAT probe as a ladder.

Via ABC News

2. The team behind the “behavior detection” system that doesn’t work

It turns out that the “intense” training course that every member of the TSA was subject to is completely bunk. Apparently 99% of the IDs made using this system were false positives. Less than 1% led to arrests, and presumably even less lead to convictions. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would link criminal activity to signs of stress while travelling… because when is travelling NOT stressful?

Via Boing Boing

1. The TSA screener who smuggled a gun (and still has a job)

Whoops, did I accidentally sneak a gun into security? My hand must have slipped as I passed it around the metal detector and put it back in my holster. Yeah, and I never got the handbook that said “no guns allowed” so it’s not really MY fault. *Sigh* And yep, last we’ve heard, this guy still has a job. Wow.

Via Boing Boing

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39 Comments

  1. KatyBug

    this article is entertaining, but check your spelling and grammar (you’re should be your, insure should be ensure). Nothing kills an article like sloppy editing.

  2. Nomando Sanchez

    Yes, I’m a TSA agent. I’ve read these stories, and I cringe like anybody else when I hear them, and I’m sorry that stuff like this happens. The thing people need to realize is that TSA is made up of individuals who run the full spectrum of society. Like any other organization, some are nice, some are mean, some are smart, and some are ignorant. People make bad decisions in ANY organization. For example, a police officer in Oakland shot and killed an unarmed handcuffed man. Does that make ALL police officers bad? No.
    TSA is a new government agency, and it is a work in progress. But so far, TSA works. We are successful thus far in stopping any further attempts to repeat the events of 9/11.
    I work at the checkpoint and me and my coworkers take pride for a very difficult and thankless job. It would be nice to hear something positive about our organization. Does anybody write about how many of us go out of our way to help passengers get through the checkpoint when there is nothing in our job description that says we are required to do so? Or does anybody ever talk about the incidents that we HAVE prevented? I think it’s time for the world to thank us for what we do, it’s an incredibly difficult job to do and it requires total focus day in and day out with NO margin of error. I would like to read a GOOD story for once, about all the fine and dedicated officers there ARE out there who have compassion for our travelling public, and want to do the best job we can in protecting YOU from the unthinkable.

  3. Greg

    “She even throws in the insulting “I am the supervisor” line when he asks for a second opinion.”

    ha! she must have worked for PopCopy

  4. Cash

    @ Normando…TSA stopped any further terrorist attacks….don’t make me laugh. TSA is just another example of the gov’t putting people to work. While it is a “new” agency, it’s training, purpose, and hiring practicies leave a lot to be desired. Be a cop, soldier, or Fed. TSA is the same as rent a cops and trained just as well.

  5. Simon Gornall

    @Normando

    No, you’re *not* successful at stopping *anything*. That’s the problem. The atrocity of 11/9 (I’m British :) would not have been prevented by any of the measures that the TSA have adopted. The TSA exists for a single reason:

    To try and persuade the American people that their government is doing something to prevent terrorism; for this, stories that surface detailing just how ludicrous some of the TSA actions are actually *help* – it reinforces the falsehood that “something is being done”. Sure, it sucks to be the person who is being ‘done’ in the story, but it gives the unwashed majority the idea that they’re being looked after.

    In order to claim you’ve prevented another 11/9, you would need to show that the TSA (not the investigation agencies) stopped a group of people going on a plane with the intent to fly that plane into a building. I have never heard of such a thing.

    If I were a terrorist, I wouldn’t target airports in the future, anyway, I’d go for other (far more vulnerable) targets: bridges, tunnels, power-stations, gas-lines, oil-supply lines, etc. etc. I’d (legally) shop for all the supplies I’d need, and I’d create explosives from those chemicals. It’s surprisingly easy to create explosives (not military grade, but sufficient for the purpose in enough quantity) from everyday materials.

    If the American people would just accept that life is risk, we’d all be a lot better off. Unfortunately they appear to want the nanny government to look after them, and they’re willing to give over the freedoms that organisations like the TSA will seize, in order to attain that.

    Pity.

  6. Sam B

    What does TSA stand for? Yes, I can look it up, but it’s common courtesy to spell out an acronym on its first mention.

  7. Gregg

    And lose the “as per”. “Per the rules”, or “as the rules state”, “as per” is not even redundant, it’s just wrong.

  8. SecPro

    Mr. Sanchez if you want respect I suggest you find another job as when there is a boot on your throat, what is the point of discussing whether it is left or right? Hitler could not produce a more stazi organization than the TSA. I understand that I am free to go after I can show that my papers are in order correct?

  9. Dilbert

    RE: Nomando Sanchez…

    Nomando, I’d love to thank all the hard-working, diligent TSA agents out there. Problem is, I haven’t encountered any. :(

    Tell us, what exactly have you prevented? Lots of shoe-bombers and binary liquid bombers?

    Puhleeze!

  10. Liberation

    Obama should KILL TSA by the end of January, saving billions of wasted monies. It’s a bunch of crap that TSA is responsible for eliminating terrorist attacks. I think flight 98 gave terrorists the best deterrent of what awaits them now if they try to hijack a plane. Harassing old, white women, because if they searched someone of middle eastern decent would be racial profiling pretty much nullifies TSA, because it was a bunch of blue hairs that took down the towers…

  11. otis

    Seems the only difference between the ‘lowest bidder’ cretins of before, and the ‘professional corps’ we have now, is that we now get abused in English instead of ebonics and Urdu.

    But don’t get me wrong, I’m not bitter.

  12. txrus

    Nomando-believe it or not, we, the traveling public who foots the bill for your on-going security theater, would like to read a good story about the TSA ‘just once’, too. Problem is there’s nothing good about the TSA, case in point is your claim about ‘stopping any further attempts to repeat the events of 9/11′. Please give just one example of a policy or procedure implemented by the TSA (not the airlines) that, had it been in place on 9/10, would have prevented 9/11. I’m just asking for 1-that’s it. And remember, you can’t take credit for anything the airlines did themselves such as locking cockpit doors & refusing to cooperate w/hijackers in the future.
    Finally-the reason no one talks about incidents you have prevented is because there haven’t been any. Given how desperate the TSA is & has been to justify its existence to Congress & the traveling public, there is no doubt in my mind that had anyone @ the TSA managed to actually ‘prevent’ an incident, it would be all over the news & the TSA’s own websites. They haven’t crowed about anything because there is nothing to crow about.

  13. Native NYer

    The TSA is run like the NYPD, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I will never fly again just because they are there. I walk with a cane due to a work related injury and will use it for the rest of my life, unless my injury gets worse. Every time I went through security I had to give up my need to use my cane and have been subjected to removal of my foorwear every time I pass through security. To make matters worse, every piece of my carry on luggage ‘must be removed and scanned separately’ because I carry all my elecronics on the plan (because we all know the airlines really take care of our checked bags to ensure they get to the same place we’re going at the same time), which include a digital camera, video camera, MP3 player, portable DVD Player and laptop. On top of all the fuss about my electonics, I was even almost denied passage through security because I had a Zippo lighter in my possesion. A Zippo lighter! Now that I live in Texas, I own a gun and am a concealed handgun license holder (so I know the laws about taking my gun with me on a plane)…something that can’t be had without severe jumping through hoops when I lived in NYC. After reading this article, I’d just as soon as ride my motorcycle to anywhere I need to go. Until every TSA employee follows the rules set forth on THIER OWN WEBSITE, no airline is going to get my money, PERIOD. It’s that self-righteous, holier than thou ego that has gtten so many NYPD officers in the trouble they’re in and I’m sorry but I won’t give up MY rights to a wannabe rent-a-cop for sake of better security.

    If more people had guns, the criminals would think twice.

  14. Brian

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a nightmare for occasional travelers and at the same time the laughing stock of international frequent fliers. The employees I have encountered are, for the most part, ignorant and tactless law enforcement wanna-bees who couldn’t get a job with the Mayberry PD. Qualifications seem to include a tendency toward obesity and slovenliness. I have noticed that the larger the airport, the bigger the buffoon. A more historically accurate uniform would feature a brown shirt and jack boots.

  15. Kevin

    Just a silly question. When is the TSA going to stop using 9/11 as an excuse for *anything* they do?

    I’ve run into good TSA agents, and my fair share of people who quite frankly should be on the dole queue waiting for another job.

    Thank I’ve never received an apology for the damaged luggage caused by the TSA for improperly repacking my luggage for me.

    Oh by the way… something we learnt in the UK – Shouting loudly doesn’t mean that someone who speaks another language understands

  16. TSA R ASSHOLES

    I’ve had so many many bad encounters with TSA folks that when I find one nice one I’m so surprised. They are our local George W. Bush representative….i.e., stupidity in government

  17. Bump

    What I never understood is why the security of airports focus so heavily right before you enter the gate and nowhere near the entrance. If my goal was to harm the most people it wouldn’t be w/ a few ounces of explosives on board it be w/ a full 7 piece luggage set worth in the terminal. my point being that everything you agents do is moot because no one is trying to bring down the planes and it seems like airports aren’t priority targets for anyone.

  18. Pilot

    Everyone is complaining about the TSA, but look at the quality of the people who are hired and the (lack of) education required.

    I pulled this from a TSO advert:

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:
    Must be proficient in English
    May be required to engage in strenuous and potentially dangerous duties
    Must possess customer service skills, be dependable & operate w/integrity
    Must be able to maintain focus & awareness within a stressful envirornment (this word was misspelled in the advert)
    Must meet job-related medical standards

    And is that wasn’t vague enough. It gets worse:

    EDUCATION & ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: Applicants for this position
    must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent; or at least one
    year of full-time work experience in security work, aviation screener
    work, or X-ray technician work. Applicants must be proficient in
    English (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

    These agents are high school graduates OR LESS. No wonder they cause problems. I wonder what the typical career decision for a TSO is?? “Burger King fry cook or TSO? I am equally qualified for both. See, who needs an education!”

    Are we such a stupid nation that we allow people who have never even attempted higher education to “protect us?” Who will protect us from their stupidity?

    I am an aviation major and pilot and to be quite honest people of this caliber have no business anywhere near aircraft. And the thefts, those must have been from LAX. Yep! Been there!

  19. daytripper

    i flew over 35k miles last year and never once experienced any of the behavior as alleged aboved. in any business, or government agency you have employees that in turn are going to be representative of the the general population as a whole – ever shop at wally world?. i’m guessing many of the contributions are from those who have never seen the inside of an airport let alone been through the security lines. if TSA is keeping the bums, morons and idiots off the planes i travel on, more power to them.

  20. Amandy

    When I was flying from Mexico back to the US, I had a hard fight with the Mexican equivalent of a TSA officer about the US flying rules. He thought that no liquids on the plane meant NO liquids on the plane, and wouldn’t let me take in the water bottle that I had bought after the security check. I tried to argue, in my very bad Spanish, that you can do that in airports in the US, but he would not be swayed, so I had to throw the expensive bottled airport water, purchased two minutes earlier, away. Sad. Did I mention that I was very nauseous and sleep deprived at the time?

    The flight attendant on the flight didn’t want to give me water when I asked for it either, but at least she had enough sense to get me a glass and a baggie when I told her I was going to puke all over her if she didn’t.

    At least with the TSA, you can argue in English.

  21. jayashland

    KatyBug,You are the reason America is so screwed up. Instead of commented on the incidents, you spend the time looking for errors in spelling. You are truly an annoying idiot.

  22. Chris Nelson

    Simon, you are absolutely correct. TSA hasn’t prevented a damn thing other than fooling a lot of ignorant people (such as TSA inspectors, for example) into thinking that “the government is here to protect us”. What nonsense.
     
    Like the cops cycling and Segway-ing through airport terminals looking for unattended bags, or looking into trash containers for bombs. Have they heard of suicide bombers? Those guys wouldn’t part from that bag for love or money. Do they actually poke into the trash barrel to see what’s underneath the surface layer of trash? No, just look to see if there’s something labeled “BOMB” sitting on top.
     
    But I wouldn’t give up on airports just yet, Simon, if I were a terrorist. I’d blow up the scanner at the security checkpoint. It’s easy (for the terrorist) to pick any point in the system where people are queued, more or less helpless, and waiting. The planes are dramatic, but a coordinated bombing at multiple airports’ security checkpoints would teach us … not to stand in line again.
     
    Sadly, that would probably prompt TSA to immediately investigate and arrest anyone buying an airline ticket so that they could be transported (by TSA) to the terminal naked and handcuffed … “for their own safety”, and then manacled into the seat of the plane that way “for improved security”.
     
    And that’s just off the top of my head. Not being an actual terrorist–or a security professional–I don’t give a lot of thought to the form of the next attack.
     
    The fact that we have to remove ALL footwear in order to prevent potential shoe bombs is the final proof, if it were ever needed, of the idiocy of TSA policies.

  23. Arrius

    We would all do well to read Simon Gornall’s posting and consider his words. I would add that if something doesnt make sense based on your current assumptions and perspectives, you need to alter your assumptions and perspectives.

    If the agency earmarked to prevent and assist hasnt prevent or assisted in anything other than trivial torments, what might this tell us about their motives? The airport is one of the chief places that people will tolerate almost any injustice or absurd demand, ergo, this is the place we will introduce agents promoting unjust and absurd demands. Once you get used to accepting this, we will move on to the next area of monitoring the masses with absurd demands. TSA agents enjoying yourself look forward to your tyrany closer to home someday. HaHa on us all.

    Incase anyone may have missed it, they do not advertise so loudly these points, but in the recent past the individuals responsible for the ‘plot’ to blow up planes with liquids had their cases done away with.

    Recap: the motive for the absurd liquid mandate is mute and never was substantiated.

    You can choose to believe stupid happens in random patches or you can count the points and consider who benifits as an overall trend. It isnt weak to do this, its actually a matter of inner strength.

    Arrius01@hotmail.com

  24. Liam

    Uhmm…. Nomando Sanchez 9/11 was a stunt pulled by the American government to launch us into a war in which we might be able to get a steak in the oil industry in the middle east you idiot. And yes all cops are bad and yes all TSA agents are bad.

  25. kal

    I fly international regularly throughout the year and TSA are truly sorrowful. I can’t stand them and I feel sorry for them at the same time. Their job sucks, and mostly, they have very little training, the rules they need to follow/enforce change faster than they can be retrained, they’re trapped in airports with no ventilation, shouting instructions to passengers, most of whom they are unable to communicate with because they barely speak one language (English) properly and their pay is not much to brag about. Vanity Fair did an article on TSA about a year ago…shocking and revealing.

    I must say, however, the TSA agents in the Pittsburgh airport are by far the friendliest and most compassionate I’ve seen anywhere. Houston might be a runner up. Newark, Miami, Detroit and Chicago need a fine tuning!

  26. Kevin

    what a lot of you nay sayers don’t like to consider are the facts, the fact is that there has not been another 9/11 or a incident like it. We, I, you cannot say whether it was because of the measures in place or in spite of them. The only thing you are concerned about is the small amount of inconvenience you may have to endure.

  27. D Carlos

    I see all these negative comments about TSA and I have found them annoying and stupid, I need to take off my shoes? one person has caused the whole traveling public to remove their footwear. TSA employs some real fools, and the problem with that is that when you give a idiot authority they turn into Nazies, TSA needs to “profile” middle eastern men, peroid. That being said you should try to get on a international flight out of China, the security in the airport in Shanghai is manned by the most arrogant illiterate people you can meet in any country, none of them speak english above the third grade level, it is not common for chinese people to be rude but the government must seek out the rudest members of their employees to man the airport security. All in all I hated the time I spend in china, but the people were always kind to me, something should be done with the officials at the airports though, it gives China a bad image if your last impression of the country is bad.

  28. Ripp

    I am a TSA officer as well. For those who say we have not stopped anything is dead wrong. In my one year alone I have stopped a number of knives including switch blades and butter fly knives, live ammo, a sword and illegal drugs. I also had a coworker that stopped a pyrotechnic group from trying to sneak explosives through their check baggage. As innocent as it was I am sure no one would want that on a plane with them. As far as terrorist goes I have never encountered one. But when was the last time there was a terrorist attack on the US? So to say we don’t stop anything is very unfair statement.
    I am not saying we are perfect but majority of my co-workers and I do work hard to keep you safe and yes we do even care. Who would want to live with letting a terrorist through causing death to many and heart ache to their love one?
    Are there bad TSO? Of course just like there are bad police officers. But the media dose not show or in some cases unable to show you the things that we do catch unlike they show a firefighter running into a burning building to save someone or a police officer taking on gun fire to take down a bad guy.
    Fact is when you bring something prohibited through a airport check point and you make a big stink about in a way you are helping the terrorist by causing a distraction and making some TSOs complacent (I have seen that happen before). Don’t get me wrong, if you have something that you had looked up on the TSA’s web site and you know you are in the right question it! Like I said there are bad TSOs but majority of the people I work with really do want to keep you and everyone else safe because we have family and friends flying on planes as well. As for the person who says she was a supervisor. I don’t know the story on that one but you can tell the rank of a TSO by the stripes on their shoulder boards. But never the less if you still think you are right ask for a manger because a good supervisor will take you to a computer and look up the item in question to both double check and so you can see yourself that the item is or is not prohibited.

  29. T

    My extensive travel (including transitioning in and out of war zones) as a senior manager with one of the federal agencies has resulted in many an encounter with native TSA and their foreign counterparts. I can honestly say regardless of a person’s willingness to cooperate, the native first level TSA assigned at the larger international airports such as JFK, Chicago, LAX, San Fran are the worst. The obvious “power of authority” is exercised to the point of gang mentality and shakedown. On several occasions I have had to request supervisory interdiction on totally mindless
    demands. I was fortunate the second level and third level personnel were professional, courteous and had common sense.
    It would appear the fundamental problem is the process of proper screening of qualifications of the potential first level applicants and an inherent “acceptance” to “lower” standards to qualify the local geographical available workforce

  30. blackwell

    i had to laugh at a lot of these comments. i know quite a few people that work for tsa, and how they got these positions is beyond me. the training is barely any training, they are shown dumb items to look for, make up new rules along the way, having these rules relayed to the tsos by managers and supervisors who barely understand what they are reading anyway. the tso s try to impress each other, place bets on who they can stop for the day and the extra-marital affairs is rampant, a lot of the women that get a little “lead” position tend to sleep with managers for these positions.”Normando ” you should know ,go to any terminal and ask who sleeping with who and you will see why there is no respect toward the public in this department, how can you ? when you have no morals. personally because of what i know about tsa i drive anywhere i must go. i feel safer that way and until this agency is reorganized and create a higher employment age i will drive rather than putting my life in the trust of some kid who has no sense of responsibility or some married individual whose sole purpose of going to work is to get laid………..

  31. Ray

    TSA so needs to be reigned in. TSA’s latest folly in “Security Theater”? TSA goobers (who came from the ranks of McDonald’s burger-flippers and Subway sandwich artistes) are now going to hassle you one MORE time just before you get on your plan. Yes, it’s back – TSA gate-side screening!!! I’m sure every passenger who gets picked for this invasive in-public viewing of their dirty laundry appreciate the delay whilst the overhead bins fill to capacity. And sometimes, it’s “gates-side screening lite” – where the TSA goobers just check your ID. Just check your ID? Yes, that’s right. TSA will do an ID check to make certain no bad driver’s licenses sneak onto the airplane! Way to go, TSA! We’ve poured BILLIONS of dollars in an inefficient and INEFFECTIVE organizations (how many simulated bombs get past screening? 80%?) and for all of our efforts to keep you out of the unemployment line, you get to heap indignity, frustration, and delay upon the honest citizens of this country. It’s time for TSA to get cut back. WAAAAAY back. Where’s the imminent threat that justifies these idiots activities? Just wait until there IS a real threat. Everyone will be stripped to their skivvies with some TSA goober holding an anal probe at the off-ramp to the airport. TSA – Tremendously Stupid and Arrogant.

  32. MasterVictor

    All it will take is for one plane to hit another building to then start listening to all these fools blame it on TSA. If you dont like the hassles of the airport security then either walk, take a bus or a train. If not, then deal with it. TSA is not gonna jeopardized the security of this country and thousands of people’s live just because you don’t want to comply with the rules.

  33. Tony

    I guess in short, I agree and disagree with everyone. More or less. The Transportation Security Admin. is not a new agency. However, with regards to other Fed. agencies the TSA is still only a child. So…New agency…. No. Tons of room to grow..Yes. Now as far as TSO’s go. Some could be compared to your typical security guard with minimal training while others should be regarded as first line defense federal agents.The min. requirements for the postion are just that “THE MINIMUM”.So some people will just meet the minimum while others will exceed the minimum. From my perspective there is not a clear cut mold of what a TSO typically is or for that matter is not. As a few people have mentioned….the TSA is just reflective of society. Just like any other job or organization. The difference is “national security” is a big issue. So… with any main stream issue it’s going to be scrutinized. As far as the effectiveness of the entire program…honestly…who really knows. The entire program could be a waste of money. Or, the entire program could have saved numerous lives. I’m sure many of us could give vaild reasons of the ineffectiveness of the agency or vice versa.(how very effective the agency is) Truth be told… You simply cannot guard against “Terrorism” Too many different variables. Guard this, don’t guard that, look for this, now look for that…I mean really…I could come up with a decent rebutle for practically any given scenario. One on the postive effects of the protocol and then another on the uselessness of the exact same protocol. In conclusion I feel that the US is a perfect example of what the nature of terrorism is…..the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion….Like starting a huge federal agency at the drop of a dime……due to one tramatic event almost a decade ago…Not to take lightly the event itself, but nevertheless one terrorist attack equals billions of dollars spent. What if we treated terrorism just like a robbery of an individual….Take a report and apply medical attention as needed, look for the suspect and move to the next case if unsuccessful. The fear of terrorism would disapate and it would become for lack of a better word…a typical crime just like carjacking’s and assaults are now….Just my two cents.

  34. MountainMan

    Over the last 4 years I’ve put down about 100k miles, mostly domestic. And I agree with virtually everyone above me. Regardless of the system, the history, and who is to blame, I am working my tail off to find another job where I don’t have to travel — and I will make half as much as I do now — my customers will have to find another provider — and I will feel no safer or unsafer. If i am one of many who are doing this and feeling this way, how is this affecting our economy and our way of Life.
    THIS is what terrorism is actually about…

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