We really can cut the $50 million for TSA agents’ uniforms and save money altogether by sending them home and going back to private contractors.
A headline in the NY Post today reads, Confessions of a TSA Agent: We’re a Bunch of Airheads. It’s a must-read.
The author who left the TSA recently said that Newark, where one of the 9/11 hijacked planes took off from, is where a fake bomb recently made it past TSA officers. He said that happens all the time. The author blames the “silly policies” and “lazy workers.”
You can’t find anything by patting someone down with the back of your hand. It’s invasive but ineffectual, he says, adding, “…a lot of what they do is “make-believe” so people feel safer when in actuality they are not.”
Everything the agents do is watched but bending the rules is easy because the TSA supervisors are too daft to supervise.
The agent says:
Did you know you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener? These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror.
These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog.
The TSA agent has this to say with regard to a future terrorist attack:
What are the chances of you being on a flight where something happens? We always said it’s not a question of if terrorists get through — it’s a question of when. Our feeling is nothing’s happened because they haven’t wanted it to happen. We’re not any big deterrent. It’s all for show.
And as for dedication to the job:
Most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke. Their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency…All but a very few TSA personnel know they’re employed by a bottom-of-the-barrel agency.
“Every time you read about a TSA horror story, it’s usually about a screener doing what he or she is instructed to do.”
The Supervisors have no role except to make sure you don’t chew gum. Goofing off is easy and necessary to break the monotony.
Then there are the “delusional zealots” who “believe they’re keeping America safe by taking your snow globe, your 2-inch pocket knife, your 4-ounce bottle of shampoo and performing invasive pat-downs on your kids.”
There is lots of overtime because many don’t bother to show up for work – for weeks at a clip.
The new rule over pocketknives is overblown because you can already bring “scissors, screwdrivers, tweezers, knitting needles and any number of sharp instruments on board.”
The author said that there are a lot of good people in the job too but decent people don’t last in the job. [Personally, I found some to be very good and others mauled me and almost had me missing my plane. I avoid planes now.]
Read the full story at the NY Post. Like I said, it’s a must-read. It only confirms what you already knew in your heart.