Former Newark Airport TSA Screener Says the Job Does Little to Keep Fliers Safe … “I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog”
A former Newark International Airport TSA screener comes out and says what many of us have thought for years, the job does little to keep fliers safe.
In a revealing interview with the New York Post, the former TSA screener slammed the TSA’s efforts to keep the airways safe following September 11th and their focus on patty down small children and the elderly. The screener went on to say that you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to be the first line of defense in the war on terror. Also for former screener went on to say, most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke and their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency. Straight from the horses mouth … “I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog”.
No truer words were probably ever stated as just last week an undercover investigator with a fake bomb hidden on his body passed through a metal detector, went through a pat-down at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport, and was never caught. I feel safe.
A LOT of what we do is make-believe.
I’ve had to screen small children and explain to their parents I had no choice but to “check” them. I would only place my hands on their arms and bottom half of their legs, and the entire “pat-down” lasted 10 seconds. This goes completely against TSA procedure. Because the cameras are recording our every move, we have to do something. If someone isn’t checked or even screened properly, the entire terminal would shut down, as this constitutes a security breach.
But since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy to do.
Did you know you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener? These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror.
These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog.
What is Wrong With These People … TSA Traumatized 3 Year Old, Wheelchair-bound Girl at Missouri’s Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Update: TSA Apologizes Again)
Once again TSA agents use “ZERO” common sense and torment a 3 year old. If it’s the TSA, it’s another mistreatment of a child or disabled individual. This time it was both.
The TSA has screwed up again while protecting us from so-called terrorists. Yup, this time is was 3 year old disabled and wheelchair bound Lucy, who was the victim of the TSA’s incompetence and lies. Lucy and her parents were on their way to Disney World when the TSA Gestapo targeted her for a pat down. Obviously the 3 year old looked like a terrorist to these brain surgeons. Not only did the TSA completely over-react and screw up in handling this matter, the TSA agents lied to the family and stated that in telling the parents that they could not film the pat down. The little girl’s mom stated, “The problem is, I don’t allow anyone to touch my little daughter.”It just seems ominous for you guys to suggest that you have to do this in the dark. That in and of itself seems very inappropriate.” KUDOS to the parents for protecting their child and holding their ground to the ridiculous tactics of the TSA.
Lucy isn’t a fussy child, according to her dad. But she was deeply upset by what was happening. In the YouTube video, the sound of her cries pierced through her parents’ back-and-forth with the TSA.
The agent explained that she needed to check Lucy’s wheelchair for any kind of explosives.
She tried to get Annie to stop filming, telling her, “It is illegal to do that.”
“The problem is, I don’t allow anyone to touch my little daughter,” Annie said on the video. “It just seems ominous for you guys to suggest that you have to do this in the dark. That in and of itself seems very inappropriate.”
Maybe these TSA individuals will be the ones that are furloughed or laid off due to the impending sequester where Barack Obama whines that TSA agents will be affected by the budget cuts.
Another TSA Fiasco … Confrontation with Florida TSA Agent Leaves Grandfather’s Ashes on Ground … TSA Website Says Human Remains Not to be Opened Under, “No Circumstances”
Hey TSA, NO, MEANS NO!!! If its a TSA story, its must be yet another TSA/airplane passenger nightmare … Ashes, Ashes, the TSA always seems to fall down.
When does the madness end when it comes to the behavior and actions of TSA agents? John Gross was leaving Florida to return to Indianapolis, ID with his grandfathers ashes. He had the ashes in a tightly sealed jar marked “Human Remains.” Even though on the TSA’s own website that states, it states human remains are to be opened under, “no circumstances,” that did not stop the agent from doing exactly just that. TSA rules say a crematory container in carry-on baggage must pass through the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint. But no, the TSA agent had to open the container and about 1/3 of the contents spilled out on to the ground. GOOD GRIEF.
A man’s attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.
John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis’ south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather — Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana — in a tightly sealed jar marked “Human Remains.” [...]
Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.
“She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn’t pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me.”
How is it that the TSA has agents who do not even seem to be aware of the TSA policies and procedures? It appears that TSA agents don’t even understand the basic knowledge of how to do their jobs and they might want to take a course on “humanity” as well. At what point do TSA apologies mean pretty much nothing?
More TSA Insecurity … JFK International Airport’s Terminal 7 Shut Down & Evacuated After Unplugged Metal Detector Causes Mass Chaos
UNREAL, I feel safe that the TSA can protect us from terrorism when they cannot even figure out that a metal detector was unplugged.
Chaos ensued yesterday at New York City’s JFK International Airport when Terminal 7 was shut down and evacuated after it was determined that a metal detector was unplugged. Hundreds of passengers were forced to redo the security screenings as well as two airplanes were called back from the runway as they were preparing to take off. WTF!!! Can you imagine what the hostility must have been like all caused by complete incompetence from the TSA and one of their agents.
From Airplane, looks like the TSA picked the wrong week to quit checking unplugged metal detectors
The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The Post.
The stunning error led to hours of delays, two planes called back from the runway and infinite frustration for furious passengers.
“The truth is, this is the failure of the most basic level of diligence,” a law-enforcement source said.
“How can you expect the public to feel confident of the mission of the TSA if they don’t even know if the lights are turned on?”
This incident is simply beyond comprehension. Its one think to fondle little boys and girls and frisk granny like a common perp all in the name of national security … but to be so incompetent that you do not realize that the friggin “on” light was, um, on? Seriously! The TSA agent actually had no idea that the metal detector was not plugged in as hundreds of passengers went thru the machine with not one light flashing. At what point does common sense take over and one think that something might be wrong? Good grief!
The chaos at Terminal 7 was caused by screener Alija Abdul Majed, who had manned Lane No. 1 during the morning shift with no idea his metal detector had no juice, sources said.
Amazingly, he failed to realize that alert lights never flashed once as streams of passengers filed through the dead detector, the sources said.
Majed was so clueless that he couldn’t even tell police how long the machine had been shut off or how it happened, the sources said.
Senate Democrats Want to Increase Air Travel Fees So that the TSA Can Continue to Grope Granny & Little Children
Because the Democrats never met a tax or fee increase the did not like …
The TSA is such a broken and inflated department with a failed groping policy that even the individual who created it thinks it should be scrapped; however, Senate Democrats want now want to increase the travel fee. Presently the fee is $2.50. Democrats want to double the fee to $5.00. Are you serious? Why would such a failed agency more known for groping and fondling little girls, considering disabled 7 year old’s terrorists, humiliating cancer patients and strip searching granny be provided more money?
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday moved forward with legislation to increase airline passenger security fees, beating back a GOP attempt to keep them at current levels.
The 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill would increase one-way fees for passengers from $2.50 to $5 in order to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said the $315 million in funding would otherwise come from taxpayers and argued it is better to stick passengers who rely on TSA with the bill.
Geraldo Rivera was unavailable for comment whether he thought there should be an increase in fees to be manually raped.
TSA Agents At it Again … Give ‘Full Monty’ Pat-Down On Henry Kissinger .., Because Kissinger is the face of Terrorism
Oh those observant TSA agents … even Henry Kissinger, the adviser to Presidents and former Nobel Peace prize winner, was not immune to the TSA
feel up pat down.
89 year old Henry Kissinger is the latest ti be deemed a terror suspect by the brain surgeons of the TSA. Such was the case at New York’s LaGuardia airport where Kissinger was asked to get out of his wheel chair to receive a TSA pat down. As it was described, “the full monte” pat down.
Kissinger, who will be 89 this month, was spotted on Friday at LaGuardia airport in New York, getting routed to the pat-down line while going through security. Freelance reporter Matthew Cole recognized him — something the TSA agent checking identification did not.
After asking Kissinger his name as he passed through the scanner, the agent sent him to be searched. Kissinger was in a wheelchair, Cole tells us, not because he couldn’t walk, but because, Cole surmised, it was a long walk to the gate. In the search area, Kissinger was subjected to what Cole called “the full Monty” of the usual groping. “He stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders. They gave him the full pat-down. None of the agents seemed to know who he was,” he says.
How safe does it make any air traffic passenger feel when the very people, the TSA, who are supposed to be observant to determine who is and is not a potential terrorist did not even recognize some one of the stature of Henry Kissinger. Frightening!
MORE TSA INCOMPETENCE … and their war on toddlers and Geraldo.
On Friday’s Fox News ‘Fox & Friends,’ Geraldo Rivera was supposed to comment on the story of an 8 month old little girl was removed from a Jet Blue plane because she was on the terror fly list. They claimed it was a computer glitch. NO SH*T SHERLOCK!!! However, instead Geraldo recounted his own personal experience with the TSA, emphasis on personal. Geraldo said, “I got manually raped by a guy,” said Rivera. “This guy, it seemed to me, was getting off on it.”
Geraldo further discussed his efforts to get off of the no fly list and the egregious incompetence of the TSA. Geraldo went on to discuss his last experience with the TSA flying to Afghanistan and getting off the no fly list … YIKES!!!
Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday where he described an intrusive inspection he had received from a Transportation Security Administration officer on a recent trip to Afghanistan. “I got manually raped by a guy,” said Rivera. “This guy, it seemed to me, was getting off on it.”
I finally – I guess, Gretchen – after enough kicking and screaming and embarrassing, embarrassment to the TSA of their utter incompetence in terms of managing this program – they talked about glitches in the computer program – at some point, they finally got it together. But it was quite a while. And, you know, there’s a lot of dysfunction in the TSA. I think there is a lot of merit in people who say it should be re-privatized. I don’t necessarily endorse that, but I tell you the last time I flew to Afghanistan I got manually raped by a guy who – the scanner wasn’t working…
Geraldo Rivera transcript from The Blaze:
But Rivera‘s TSA woes weren’t over: “I tell you the last time I flew to Afghanistan I got manually raped by a guy who – the scanner wasn’t working.”
“He wanted to make sure…” host Steve Doocy offered.
“But making sure is one thing,” Rivera said. “This guy, it seemed to me, was getting off on it, I — ”
“Oh my gosh,” host Gretchen Carlson laughed.
“ — and the more and the tighter I got and the angrier I got,” said Rivera. “He just wanted to be a little more intimate.”
Is the TSA really this ignorant or does some one really just need to collectively “bitch-slap” these people? Have these people gone completely mad?
After reading Jeffrey Goldberg’s account of what happened to his 79 year old mother-in-law at the hands of the
Gestapo TSA while traveling home to Rhode Island from Washington Reagan airport, all I have to say is C’MON MAN!!! Is is bad enough that they would treat a harmless under five foot, 79 year old individual this way, but to then announce in their “outside” voice for all to hear the humiliating 7 words that the Lonely Conservative states “There’s an anomaly in the crotch area.”
She entered the machine and struck the humiliating pose one is forced to strike — hands up, as in an armed robbery — and then walked out, when she was asked by a TSA agent, in a voice loud enough for several people to hear, “Are you wearing a sanitary napkin?”
Remember, she’s 79.
My mother-in-law answered, “No. Why do you ask?”
The TSA agent responded: “Well, are you wearing anything else down there?”
Yes, “down there.”
She said no, at which point, the friend with whom she was traveling, also a not-young volunteer library advocate, came over and asked if there was a problem.
The TSA agent said, again, in full voice, “There’s an anomaly in the crotch area.”
UNREAL! I have to agree with Jeffrey Goldberg, if this is what protecting the US against terrorism, we have lost the war on terrorism. Nothing could be more ignorant that to waste time feeling up little girls like HERE, HERE and HERE and 79 or 85 year old one’s as well in lieu of going after oh say Muslim men in the name of political correctness. As Jeffrey states, “How did it come to pass that the federal government takes official and invasive interest in the “crotch areas” of 79-year-old grandmothers?”
TSA Strikes Again … Family Misses Flight from JFK Because TSA Thinks 7 Year Old Developmentally Disabled Dina Frank is Public Enemy #1 and Terrorist …
Welcome to an Obama world … what ever happened to the America I grew up in that would never, never have done this to a disabled child? Then dare try and defend their actions. UNREAL.
The incompetence of the TSA Strikes again. The brain surgeons at the TSA at JFK International Airport actually considered 7 year old Dina Frank a “security risk”. Oh, did we say that 7 year old Dina Frank is developmentally challenged with cerebral palsy and crutches. WTF is wrong with these people? Seriously, these TSA folks need to be slapped and beat with a common sense stick. This BS has just gotten out of control.
Four months after the Transportation Security Administration launched a program to help airline passengers with disabilities, a New York family found out just how little “TSA Cares.”
Traveling from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Florida, the Frank family was yanked out of line as it boarded the plane in a dispute over how 7-year-old Dina had been screened. The little girl, who has cerebral palsy, walks with crutches and leg braces.
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – TSA Treats 4 Year Old Isabella Like a Terrorist & “high security threat” … The Old Gun in the Teddy Bear Threat …
- A 4 year old girl was considered a “high security threat” when she hugged her grandmother at a security checkpoint at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
One might want to call this the mother of all over-reactions. Just how ignorant is the TSA? A 4 year old girl considered a terrorist and a high security risk by the brain surgeons of the TSA. UNREAL. The four year old Isabella was subjected to a full body pat down and accused of carrying a gun in an airport. The TSA threatened to shut down the entire airport. The TSA has refused to apologize and stated they followed procedures. What are these people ever going to do if they ever run across an actual credible threat?
And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.
The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a ‘high security threat’, while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.
When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologize and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Download