What do TSA Officers do when they’re supposed to be working?
Well, when they’re not stealing from passengers, they like to talk on their cell phones!
They may even be using cell phones stolen from passengers! After all, 318 TSA employees were arrested in 2011, many for stealing.
All this chit-chat got in their way of their jobs. So much so, that today the TSA announced it had fired 6 of the TSA’s finest. The Boston Globe reports:
The Transportation Security Administration has moved to fire six bag-screening officers at Logan International Airport for violating inspection procedures for checked luggage and suspend 14 others for inattention to duty, the agency said.
The action was triggered by a routine audit that showed some officers were not paying close attention to computer monitors that display the contents of each bag as they are screened by an explosives detection machine, according to the TSA. The screeners were distracted by their cellphones and other electronic devices.
Others ignored protocols to hand-inspect bags that triggered alarms. Bags containing dense objects, such as clay or cheese, can set off alarms, although it happens infrequently. If an officer can’t determine what the object is on-screen, the bag is supposed to be brought into a screening room for further inspection before it is loaded onto a plane.
Imagine that! Taking taxpayer money and goofing off on-the-job. Presumably, before being fired they must have been warned repeatedly. But that doesn’t stop the TSA employees from doing whatever they want.
The TSA wants to unionize to prevent the ability of the Government to fire them. No wonder, seeing that they don’t want to work.