Friday, 7 November 2008
|1656 - Your TSA at work|
The guy who posted the picture (not me) went on to say:
Today in BOS, I arrived to find a TSA agent sound asleep in a Spirit Airlines wheelchair, on the outside of security. After mentioning it to a ticket agent, she stated that he had been there for almost two hours. So I go back, and take a few pictures of it, one of which is great. There is nothing in the pictures that is security related at all, it is just him in the wheelchair against a wall.
A coworker of his came over, woke him up, and told him that someone had just taken his picture. He asked who it was and I responded that it was me. He told me that the picture better be deleted, to which I responded that not only is it not going to be deleted, it is going to be copied, a few million times over. Next, he makes some slang remarks, and walks over to his coworkers that are at the security checkpoint.
I see them looking over, pointing, those kind of things. Eventually, the manager comes over and inquires about the picture. I told him that I had it. He leans into me and in a strong tone says, 'I hope you do the right thing with that picture, and we won't have anything to worry about'. My response was that I will do the right thing, and those involved should be very worried.
Fifteen minutes or so pass, I go through security to go to work, and am immediately intercepted by the manager already mentioned, and two people in suits. Only one person spoke to me, one of the suits. She asked about the picture, I confirmed it. She tells me that the individual has been reprimanded, and then inquires as to what I am going to do with the picture. I told her that I will do anything I want, it is my picture. She asks why I am getting hostile (which I was not). My last statement to her was that unless I am being detained, I have a job to do, and you can find me on flight #xxxx, and then I walked off. They did not come to the aircraft.
current mood: disgusted
The way the TSA is though, I'd count you lucky. o.O
And now I figure they've got you marked as a troublemaker for future reference, too. Those bastards.
If they botch up and sleep on the job, it's their own damn fault if someone publishes "evidence." Same as any other job. If you're not doing it... meh. I'll shut up before I begin to rant. You know what I mean.
I agree. I must note, however, that the picture and story aren't mine.
The picture doesn't worry me, taking a nap between shifts is a plausible explanation for that, or taking a nap before a shift.
The intimidation from the first guy and the manager is what worries me...
And the story reads, he had been there for two hours.
That's fine. I've had shifts where I had a 2-3 hour break in between my shifts... It really sucks.
If you do see a TSA screener (or any DHS employee) sleeping while on the clock... DHSOIGHOTLINE@dhs.gov, preferably providing the name and badge number.
well done sir. you did good. Send the pic to CNN ireport or something, see what trouble that starts :)
Hehe... sleeping at work in public and playing the security card when getting caught is pretty low. He could at least have had the decency to sleep behind the scenes.
Wow, I am both surprised and glad that the story didn't end as I'd expected...with a lengthy detainment and a listing on a blacklist.
Hey, look, something we agree on!
wow - yikes