Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TSOs: Dicks in the Dirt

From a comment on this post by Badtux in response to a comment I made about the screeners' morale:

Let's face facts -- the screeners are still screeners either because they're scared wimps, or because they're sick sadists. All this bullshit about their morale being in the crapper... fuck, that's hot air from people scared to be god-damned MEN rather than wimpy whiners. Sorry, just sayin'.

I tend to agree with The Mighty Penguin, though not as strongly about 'wimps' and 'sick sadists', and I'm not gonna go into how some people actually need their shitty TSO job because they have mouths to feed and might not be able financially to tell their supes to shove it.

From Flying With Fish:

A few days ago I contacted 20 TSA Transportation Security Officers (TSO) to ask their opinions of the new “enhanced” pat downs. Of the 20 I reached out to, 17 responded. All 17 who responded are at airports where the new “enhanced” pat down is in place … and the responses were all the same, that front line TSOs do not like the new pat downs and that they do not want to perform them. I expected most to not like the pat downs … but what I didn’t expect was that all 17 mentioned their morale being broken down.

Each of the 17 TSA TSOs that responded to me detailed their personal discomfort in conducting the new pat downs, with more than one stating that it is likely they are more uncomfortable performing the pat down than passengers are receiving them.

Some comments from these TSOs include:

Go see if you wish.

I wouldn't do that shitty job if I was starving to death, which is easy for me to say because I'm not and I'm not much of a people person anyway, particularly when it comes to actually touching them in places I only touch those I like. I'm not sympathizing with the TSOs, but they're people too and have a point of view.

Just sayin'.

A tip o' the Brain to CAFKIA for the article.

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