TSA Agents Absolutely Hate New Pat Downs, Find Them Disgusting And Morale Breaking

from the this-is-what-you-get-with-security-theater dept

One of the common themes that people keep mentioning in talking about the new TSA pat down procedures is that those involved must "enjoy" the groping they're giving people. But, of course, most TSA agents are normal every day people who don't actually want to grope random people. Chris Tolles points us to a post from BoardingArea.com, who reached out to some TSA agents and found that many TSA agents hate the new rules and find it to be sapping morale to have to grope passengers. Some of it appears to be the verbal abuse they're getting from travelers, but some of it is just the fact that they have to keep touching people they'd rather not touch in that way:
"It is not comfortable to come to work knowing full well that my hands will be feeling another manís 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!"
Of course, it does seem like a lot of the "morale" part comes from everyone accusing them of molesting them. I recognize, they're not the ones making policy, but many of the people being groped do feel violated and it's not surprising that many of them speak out.
"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 doesnít change in the next two weeks I donít 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."
This is going to be a serious problem for the TSA if it doesn't figure out something quick. So far, the TSA seems to be in near absolute denial that this is actually a problem, but if these TSA responses are indicative of how most TSA agents feel, there are going to be a lot fewer security people at airports very, very soon.

Of course... it could be true that at least some of those actually are enjoying the process. Reader Lance point us to (an admittedly hearsay) story of a pilot traveling with his 18-year old daughter. As they approached the naked image scanner, the pilot overheard a TSA agent say into his radio: "heads up, got a cutie for you." One of the points the TSA has been making is that the folks looking at the images are off in another room somewhere, unable to see the people -- but they are in contact with those at the security checkpoint, and you'd have to imagine this kind of thing happens.

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    Anonymoushieronymous, 5 Oct 2011 @ 2:21am

    Serving one's country....by molesting people??

    I shed not one single tear for the "poor" TSA agent who cries every day and bemoans the taunts for "serving his country".
    MY FOOT!! The ignorance....Aaarrgh!
    Look here buddies, let's get real.
    What the TSA is doing---what you are doing, you "poor" TSA agent---is virtual gunpointing of people.
    Either submit to being molested, or nude scanned, or don't fly, or be jailed.
    You are doing exactly what the rapists on the streets get jailed for. Wearing a badge is no "Excuse".
    How can anyone in their right mind call this "service" and how can anyone say that being virtually gunpointed, molested, in public...makes us *Safe*???? My god, wake up! Sheesh. Lifelong trauma to little children makes us "safe"?

    At this point, I am rolling my eyeballs and even wondering if the CIA planned the underpants bomber on purpose, just to scare us all and start molesting us, as a way to close down the borders to travelers. Paranoid? Well do your research folks, before you ever make such assumptions!
    Think about CAPPS II, it's not an accident that the unconstitutional bill was overthrown by the airlines...it would have profiled passengers. After this was toppled, the ACLU reported that the Feds were planning US travelers to have to wear electronic stun bracelets! Can you imagine? Stunned by remote control, in The Land of the Free? Well, now they are molesting us instead. Because they only think we will never Just Say No.

    Well, I beg to differ with their evil designs and perverted thinking. Spit on them!

    I say: Submit graciously while at the airport. Make no fuss. Smile nicely, be a "good boy/girl". Then...Take the name and badge number of the TSA agent who is thus breaking moral and legal law by touching you in this way. Then go and report them! Contact the ACLU, contact the District Attorney of the area, and use your peaceful but vocal pen to post online, write letters to the editor, and expose this creep by name as you do so!

    It's time to end this nonsense and put these folks in jail. The Nuremberg trials did not approve "just following orders" as an "Excuse".

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