Another Step Toward a Worse TSA

It’s not exactly news that TSA is unionizing. Pistole opened the door for that last year and they’ve finally hammered out an agreement.

What is news is how dumb the critics are getting. The criticism had focused on TSA striking. They’ve agreed not to strike but I frankly think we’d be better off if they did strike. It would have little impact on security but result in less gropings and harassment. The link above also has Republicans worried that TSA will be less “flexible”. I don’t think that’s really a concern since they’ve been flexible enough to ignore court orders for a year or more.

No, the concern is that any hope of any accountability is now gone. TSA agents have always been free to grope, harass, bully and steal, but they now have a big bad union to back them up. It’s not that all TSA agents do these things or even a large majority do. I travel a lot and have only had trouble with TSA a couple of times. No, the problem is that even a tiny minority of abusive TSA agents now have an even thicker shield of job security over them.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

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    be careful HAL you’ll be accused of hating police and firemen too!
    I have noticed a trend recently ,on FB and other blogs, pictures and content linking the right wing hate of public service unions, as being the equivalent of hating police and firefighters, and their life saving heroics….
    a example is: Republicans call Public Service Employes THUGS!
    The THUGS are firefithers and police that save your life! blah blahblah. and on LOVE a THUG.. BLAH BLAHBLAH…

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  2. billfisher

    There is a TSA screener charged with a crime or misconduct at least once a week.

    In the past two months 35 TSA workers fired or arrested and 66 more disciplined for misconduct. Two more were arrested in the past week for theft from passengers and assault with a handgun. A known pedophile, Thomas Harkins, was exposed two months ago but remains employed as a TSA Supervisor in Philadelphia and allowed to grope children at the checkpoint.

    There were a total of 94 TSA workers arrested in the last 20 months including 12 arrested for child sex crimes, over 26 for theft, ten for smuggling contraband through security and one for murder. The most recent were a drunken lead TSO, Milagros Casanas, arrested for beating a woman and trying to steal her cell phone in Key West this week and Robert Don Jensen was charged last week with felony terrorizing, assault, and ingestion of a controlled substance.

    A sampling of the other fine TSA folks searching your child at the airport:

    TSA agent Jose E. Salgado among 55 caught in child pornography arrests
    The Boston Herald – Christine McConville – Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    TSA agent Paul David Rains charged in online child-predator sting
    Orlando Sentinel – Arelis R. Hernandez- December 15, 2011

    Harold Rodman, TSA worker, arrested for sexual assault
    WJLA News – Gail Pennybacker – November 21, 2011

    Orlando airport (MCO) TSA employee Paul David Rains faces child pornography charges
    Orlando Sentinel – Jeff Weiner – November 1, 2011

    TSA Manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring
    MyFoxDC – John Henrehan – March 28, 2012

    Md. TSA Agent Michael Scott Wilson Charged With Child Pornography
    ABC2News – Joce Sterman – March 18, 2012

    Nashville TSA Agent Clifton Lyles Charged With Statutory Rape
    WTVF – Staff – September 20, 2011

    TSA employee Andrew W. Cheever faces child pornography charge
    MyFoxBoston – Staff – September 2, 2011

    TSA Screener David Ralph Anderson Charged with Lewdness and Child Molestation
    Elko Daily Free Press -Jared DuBach – August 26, 2011

    TSA Screener Randall Scott King arrested for kidnapping and attempted rape of 14 year old in ATL
    Lagrangenews – Staff Reports – November 23, 2010

    PHL TSA Screener Thomas Gordon Jr Charged with Child Pornography
    Fox Nation – John Shiffman – The Inquirer – April 23, 2011

    Orlando TSA agent Charles Henry Bennett Arrested For Attempting To Make 15 year old Girl His ‘Sex Slave’
    The Huffington Post – Staff – May 25, 2011

    TSA Agent Dwayne Valerio Arrested for Rape of Juvenile in Londonderry NH
    Eagle Tribune – Jillian Jorgensen – April 2, 2011

    Logan TSA employee Sean Shanahan accused of raping 14-year-old girl
    WHDHTV – Staff – March 9, 2011

    Disgraced Catholic priest who was defrocked after ‘sexually abusing two young girls’ now works as a TSA airport screener
    CBS3 Philadelphia – Ben Simmoneau – May 24, 2012

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