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.