The TSA has a thing for female passengers, a fact that any employee would be hard-pressed to deny. Agents have a disturbingly extensive vocabulary to describe beautiful passengers, including words like “Alfalfa,” “Code Red,” and “Hotel Bravo” (get it — Hot Babe?).
TSA agents apparently don’t flirt with attractive females, they “engage.” And when they talk about an “X-ray” they aren’t necessarily referring to a controversial full-body scanner; “X-ray” is screener-speak for, you guessed it, an attractive female passenger.
In his column “Flying While Female? 5 Things To Remember At The Airport” Elliot mentions some tips for women flying. While some of his ideas, such as the one to “dress down” may be of dubious merit, I’d certainly heed his advice not to get a private screening! You want them to be out in public, not behind closed doors.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration on Friday moved to fire 25 employees at Newark Liberty International Airport and suspend 19 others for what it said was improper screening of checked luggage, the latest in a series of problems at one of the country’s busiest airports.
The alleged screening failures were uncovered late last year after surveillance cameras were installed in one of the airport’s 25 screening rooms to check for possible thefts, the TSA said.
Eight employees were fired in June in the investigation. The latest action raises to 52 the number of TSA employees at Newark caught up in the investigation, making it the biggest single disciplinary action taken by the TSA at a U.S. airport.
The investigation was originally to catch theft. The thieves who were caught red-handed decided to resign, so they won’t be factored into the TSA’s official statistics. (But we know the rest of the story!) We hope that criminal charges were filed, but don’t hold your breath on this.
‘‘The decision to take disciplinary actions today with the proposed removal of 25 individuals and suspension of 19 others reaffirms our strong commitment to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to hold all our employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability,’’ said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman.
The theft investigation, which the TSA said was the reason the cameras were installed, did not lead to any charges. The TSA said an employee who was a suspect in that probe ended up resigning, though the cameras were left in place, turning up the screening lapses.
At least are representatives are starting to take notice:
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, criticized Friday what he called the TSA’s ‘‘parade of failures.’’
The TSA will take food you purchased inside the sterile, secure area and test it with their magic test strips. If you refuse, or they just don’t like your attitude, they’ll make sure you miss your flight.
But what does the TSA do right before they touch your food? They wipe their noses, perhaps spreading diseases to you. Nevermind that there are laws against intentionally infecting others with your bodily fluids. The TSA doesn’t care about laws.
In this short video clip, we see a TSA Officer, magic test strip in hand, wiping her disease-ridden nose before she’s about to touch a passenger’s food.
We no longer live in America! We now live in a Police State. In the video below, the TSA is detaining a woman and preventing her from flying because she has a “bad attitude.”
The woman, who had already passed screening, was accosted by a herd of TSA agents who wanted to test the drink she had just purchased from an airport concession for “explosives.” She refused to let them touch her food, and they detained her, causing to miss her flight.
In the video, she asks them explicitly if they feel she’s a threat. “No” they say, but they “don’t like [her] attitude.”
Seems that the TSA are very sensitive creatures, and if you hurt their feelings, they’ll ruin your day.
Here’s a statement from the woman who was attacked by Government Agents:
This was inside the terminal at the Houston airport. I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA “test” it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn’t because they thought I was a security risk-it was because they were mad at me!
I was able to get on the very next flight out of houston-and even managed an upgrade! (thanks United)
Sorry for crappy phone video-but the audio is what I wanted to post.
I know this is not really news (it seems like the TSA is retaliating all the time against people), but it was a little satisfying to get that statement on video.
Please ask every candidate you plan to vote for this November if they’re willing to make America free again by abolishing the TSA.
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.
In 2011, according to the DHS’s own statistics, 318 TSA Workers were arrested. Nearly once every day, a TSA Officer has decided to commit a crime against the flying public and got caught. Of course, nobody knows exactly how many did not get caught.
You can read the entire report, in PDF form, here:
Among the things the TSA employees have been arrested for:
(DHS) conducted a joint investigation with local police of Transportation Security Officer (TSO) George Loren Thompson, Minneapolis, MN. Thompson was arrested by Minneapolis Police Department officers after he was observed chasing and threatening to kill a young Somali male. At the time of his arrest, Thompson, who held a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, was in possession of two handguns. A subsequent investigation determined that, in May 2010, Thompson had been identified, but not charged, by the Minneapolis Police Department, as the person who earlier assaulted an elderly Somali male. When we interviewed the 82-year-old victim, he recalled that Thompson had “strongly” grabbed him around the neck, while verbally identifying him as a Somali and cursing him. We submitted the case for consideration to the DOJ, Civil Rights Division and Thompson ultimately pleaded guilty to a one-count Criminal Information charging him with violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He was sentenced to 6 months of incarceration and 36 months of federally supervised probation. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, this is only the second conviction secured under the hate crime statute since it was enacted in 2009.
(DHS) conducted an investigation into theft allegations against an unknown TSA screener at the Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ. The investigation established that, from October 2009 to September 2010, property and currency totaling as much as $30,000 were stolen from passengers as they underwent checkpoint screening. Our investigation identified Supervisory TSO Michael Arato as a suspect. After we confronted Arato with evidence, he admitted stealing currency from passengers’ carry-on bags as they were being screened at the check in point. Arato was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment; 36 months of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $24,150