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Old 03-14-2012, 05:28 PM
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TSA Spending Graphic...

From Newsweek Mag...
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Oh brother. TSA... what a bloated monster of an agency. This chart puts things in stark clarity. Of course we have all had the experience of dealing with the TSA agents at airports and it is patently obvious that their hiring standards are extremely low. Being allowed to use 1 year of work experience (what kind of work???) in lieu of a high school diploma is a joke. Not requiring a high school diploma is a joke. Getting a high school diploma is a joke so those without one should not be put into positions of power and security.

The TSA has only been successful in creating tens of thousands of jobs for people who would otherwise be flipping burgers or mopping floors. I didn't know the TSA's mandate was to serve as a provider of jobs to the shallow end of the gene pool.
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My last TSA experience was listening to one of them tell EACH and EVERY person to "push your belongings onto the x-ray belt, they won't move themselves" with attitude. Dude, why don't you call maintenance and have them raise the roller section a little on the back side. Then, guess what? The stuff will roll itself onto the belt without you having to stand there telling us...gravity works.
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I tossed up the orig graphic because I thought it interesting in terms of the dough spent, and the typically bureaucratic 'size' it has become...not a gov't fan, as most of you know, but I suspect there continues the need for 'airline security', but this current stuff is mostly security theater, imo.

Having only flown a dozen times since 9-11, (but flew weekly all over much of the world for 3 decades before that), I remain amazed at the 'methods', treatment and 'Tudes most of the TSA geniuses display toward the flying public.

Our last flight this past June, Anchorage back to Vancouver, had a young, handsome, Native Alaskan man with his beautiful ~3 yr old daughter in front of us going threw the metal detector grid. The man's daughter neglected to remove her transparent sandal-like 'jellies' - shoes, I think they are called.

When one of the dozing 300 pounders spotted that 'infraction' they literally descended on the toddler, surrounded her, scared her, and then grabbed and restrained the father. Fookin ugly deal...the father kept his cool, but the kid was screaming and they 'held her' physically while a TSA nazi removed her 'jellies', walked her back around through the metal detector, X-rayed the transparent little sandals, and then the rhubarb continued...

Just an anecdote I realize, but emblematic to me of what the 'Patriot' Act, 'Homeland Security', and vis a vis that TSA has become...

The few times we are forced to fly these days is an ordeal at best. If I don't have a greasy haired kid yelling at me to have my docs for display again, I will not miss the process of 'security'. And, when they look at a passport, mine could be a pic of Bugs Bunny as long as the name matches the tix.

We all lose a little freedom, every day in this country. Sort of like the frog in the pot, in the ever increasingly hot water, imo.
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That is exactly what I was talking about. They take virtually anyone off the street, give them a blue shirt, some apparent authority and the inner A-hole in them rises to the surface pretty fast. For most of them, it is the most responsibility they have ever had. As I stated before, but for the TSA, most of their security screeners would be asking people if they want to supersize it.

Somewhere along the way they got the idea they are something special and have the right to treat the public with the arrogance and rudeness that seems almost part of their training. They are far from special (except in a short bus way) and I don't feel any safer for them being there. Unfortunately we have to play their games. I wonder what would have happened to the father you described had he taken a more assertive tone with the portly TSA monkey when he bullied his little girl. The TSA seems to act with impunity and that is very scary.
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