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TSA – Morale Falling Among Transportation Safety Officers

I got an email about this from Dad.  Morale appears to be falling among the Transportation Safety Officers (TSOs) of the TSA and it’s directly connected to the perverted body scanners and “enhanced pat downs” that have been introduced lately.

Here’s a couple of bits of the story from boardingarea.com:

In the past few weeks since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented its new “enhanced” pat down procedures there has been considerable backlash from the traveling public. This backlash has been loud and angry … but what is not heard or seen in the media is the quiet resentment of this new policy within the TSA.

A few days ago I contacted 20 TSA Transportation Security Officers (TSO) to ask their opinions of the new “enhanced” pat downs. Of the 20 I reached out to, 17 responded. All 17 who responded are at airports where the new “enhanced” pat down is in place … and the responses were all the same, that front line TSOs do not like the new pat downs and that they do not want to perform them. I expected most to not like the pat downs … but what I didn’t expect was that all 17 mentioned their morale being broken down.

“It is not comfortable to come to work knowing full well that my hands will be feeling another man’s private parts, their butt, their inner thigh. Even worse is having to try and feel inside the flab rolls of obese passengers and we seem to get a lot of obese passengers!”

“Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me, said in my presence as I patted passengers down. These comments are painful and demoralizing, one day is bad enough, but I have to come back tomorrow, the next day and the day after that to keep hearing these comments. If something doesn’t change in the next two weeks I don’t know how much longer I can withstand this taunting. I go home and I cry. I am serving my country, I should not have to go home and cry after a day of honorably serving my country.”

Well, cry me a river.

More than a few people have tried to tell me that the TSOs are “just doing their jobs” as a way to excuse their conduct.  I’ve heard that “jobs are tough to find these days” as well.  Really?  I only live in Nevada where unemployment is over 14% and there’s no improvement in sight.  I know jobs are tough to find these days.

I seem to recall others using the excuse that they were “just following orders” and it didn’t fly then, either.  Every TSO has the choice to leave their job at any time.  Nobody has them shackled to their work station, nor is anyone threatening them with harm if they quit.  Just doing their jobs doesn’t cut it for me.  Not by a long shot.

As for the requirement to have some form of income, well it doesn’t hold much water with me either.  Someone I know who’s very pro-life tried using that argument on me and I asked if she would work at an abortion clinic.  She conceded the point.  One thing I didn’t bring up was the fact that we now have 99 weeks of unemployment in the USA.  If you can’t find a job other than at the TSA in 99 weeks, I don’t know how you could possibly be qualified to do the job.  I’m not the only one who feels this way either.  Just look at the comments in the article – especially the comments (comment 1 / comment 2) from the 3rd year law student who’s qualified to act as an attorney in Washington, DC.

Before anyone goes off on me for beating up on the guys and gals in the trenches / airports while leaving the head honchos alone, I’ll tell you that I consider those higher-ups to be even worse.

If you want to disarm me while I’m aboard an airplane, I’ll live with it.  If you want to look through my bag, x-ray my shoes, and run me through a metal detector, I’ll deal with it.  But I do have a line between what is acceptable to me and what is not.  The only people who should see me naked should be the people I want to expose myself to.  Government agents aren’t on that list.  The same thing goes for the people who get to feel me up.

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2 comments to TSA – Morale Falling Among Transportation Safety Officers

  • kc

    MY comment at Three Beers Later, about Allred’s little trip out among the Little People: ,i>In the 70’s, that bitch Allred and her friends told us Little Women that having sex with our husbands was rape. Today, it’s gives her the Big O to get groped by some minimum wage jerk on the government payroll? I am appalled, and disgusted at this whore and all those like her.

    Do I sound sick? I am. These pigs are much more interested in getting their own jollies from the level of control they have over us than protecting We The People.

    How many Al Quaida have been caught and tried using these deplorable and INEFFECTIVE protocols?

    You’re right – with 99 WEEKS of unemployment, a job should be come by, even if it’s necessary to invent your own!

  • kc

    Link to Three Beers Later – http://threebeerslater.blogspot.com/2010/11/obama-hey-i-dont-fly-commercial-now.html#comments – I don’t like the white text on dark background at all but he’s got good stuff going…

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