Anonymous Blog Looks Inside the TSA

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has a bad reputation. Invasive searches, sexual harassment and never, ever catching a single terrorist or anyone really have made the TSA somewhat unpopular.

It turns out that their reputation really is deserved and it may be worse than you thought. An appropriately titled anonymous blog "Taking Sense Away" purports to be written by a TSA worker and goes behind the scenes at the TSA to show what the public normally doesn't see.

A few choice quotes:
“—I’m sure you’ll find that a lot of the general public won’t like it. They’ll be squeamish about the radiation, about being viewed naked. Well, the sad fact is, we can’t trust the general public, anymore.”

"The thing that really gets me is how she invokes 9/11 and the threat of terrorism when she threatens to write us up over gum chewing. She often asks us to open our mouths and show her what we are chewing."

"Every now and then in the life of a TSA screener, higher-ups from Washington D.C. will come around to his or her airport to hold a little town hall-style meeting for the officers, which, for the most part, nobody gives a shit about. The higher-ups at these meetings invariably assure the screeners that TSA is moving toward an “advanced counter-terrorism agency” that will “one day be highly respected,” and will be “quite a desirable job in the federal family.”

"Personally, in the I.O. room, I witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images, dear passengers. Things like this are what happen (at the very least) when you put people who are often fresh out of high school or a GED program (although there are actually a few TSA screeners with PhDs, which I guess is sad on so, so many levels) with minimal training and even less professionalism, into the position of being in charge of analyzing nude images of people in a hermetically sealed room."

Much much more at

Via Boing Boing.
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