The Transportation Security Adminsitration (TSA), a Personal Experience

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A Danger we Cannot Afford

After September 11, 2001 our lives changed forever. Every Time we jump on a flight, we have to put our shoes, belts on a designated plastic container before entering an aircraft. Liquids or any other similar substance are prohibited on a carry-on bag. Gone are the days when you used to take your spring water with you; forget about weapons, unless you don't have money for the rent and want a free ride to a federal detention center where you meets "Mr. soggy sandwich".


THE PURPOSE OF THE TSA

According to the site www.TSA.org , the main purpose of the agency is our own security. We can talk about Air Marshals or prohibited items but I want to go straight to the point in this hub. There are some flaws and is time for me to let our own people know and why not? Maybe Janet Napolitano would take heed from our own advice.


CONCERN NUMBER ONE:

There have been times, when I got to a screening point coming back from another country; that I never was asked to take my shoes off. All they do is check our belongings and the ritual of being touched down, "deep down" to my toes, literally. If we leave the U.S., sure we have to comply with our regulations, but why is not done the other way around? Maybe our own enemies won't have to worry about our classy shoes. Do we need to get a second warning from a woman shoe-bomber, coming from overseas?


CONCERN NUMBER TWO:

Have noticed lots of stress from TSA workers. Do they get nice paychecks? Or perhaps are not treated like a real federal agency? Is their Union taking care of their collective bargain salaries? Are some key workers just there for the money? I know there are cameras all over the Airport, but some TSA workers lack politeness in their behavior. Some even talk to their co-workers about nonsense, when they are suppose to be watching the screener thoroughly. Let's take a look at this video:



We don't train them well or what's wrong with the picture?

CONCERN NUMBER THREE

Are TSA authorities sleeping on their laurels while sleeping cells are brainstorming the next step ahead on their war against us, 'the infidels'? I recognize I forgot an orange Juice in my carry on bag and got put aside for a second screening, my bad, but how can we get improvements to their obligations?

Do they need a hot-line for tips or suspicious activity from any Citizen? We all carry a cellphone, so maybe is time to announce a new 911 for TSA authorities only? How about 912? Please do not come to my home like in this video. I'm just concerned about safety in our own flights.

TSA a Complete Joke, According to ex Employee

"We are just there for a paycheck, 15 bucks an hour to start plus lots of overtime. We don't get fired easily, only if we are caught stealing or patting down your privacy." The ex-screener kept on:

"They do not require a high school diploma to do their jobs. Actually, they are only told not to chew gum on the job. The supervisors barely care, because they were screeners or got their job as a political payback."

We have seen ourselves how this almost school drop-outs work. All are almost like those kids in a street corner, minding their own business and not yours.

CONCLUSION

We all need security on a flight. Airliners depend on us and those 43,000 TSA employees too. We all should make suggestions and...as I said, why not implementing their own '800-tips' around the airport. If we see something...of course we should say something. 400 eyes work better than just 10 TSA eyes. Hope this hub gets to the right authorities...and yes, I scanned myself through a AIT screener coming back home in 2010. The picture is similar to the one below... I showed my naked truth, 'for security purposes only.'

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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Ummm. I went through that when we took a trip to Denver last May. I know it is supposed to catch terrorists but the terrorists have mostly come from outside the US. I had nothing but underwear and a Sundress on, no bra, and had to go through one of those scanners. OK, I thought this was totally humiliating. I am sorry, but I won't be taking any planes anywhere for a long time.

I also think this was Obama's way of making jobs. Oh and there way more than 10 TSA employees. Another thing is ... we had a stop over in Kansas and when we got out of the plane we all had to stay in one room and not go anywhere. I felt like some prisoner.

They really need to do all this scanning and detaining to the many who come into the US and not so much in the Interior.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

I agree with you Lady Guinevere, and This seems to open a can of worms. I didn't know much about Obama's care in the TSA administration. There might be more pearls hidden from us, the average Citizen, as usual. We all need the extra security, but I agree that some changes can be made. Glad you made your personal experience available to all. Thanks Lady!

LORD


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

All that and they even managed to lose our luggage to boot.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Oh Gosh Lady! What a trip! maybe wasn't your lucky day! Haven't talked about the Airport employees yet, and there might be horrendous stories about luggages, like the ones displayed on Ellis Island Museum, that seem to come out of the Titanic.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Travel seems to get worse and worse with each passing decade, and the TSA isn't helping. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

It is hard for me to figure out what is needed and what is not in these days of terrorism.I don't like to criticize when my knowledge is so limited. I would love to be able to not have to think about what I'm taking on the planes and would love for the TSA to work seemlessly, but flying anymore seems a hassle any way you cut it. Very interesting hub! Vote up


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Alocsin,

you are right, seems that all is not going well... and we have to let the experts to figure it out, before the Enemies of America make their unexpected choices. Thanks for your important comment

LORD

p&r,

It wasn't hard to make it to the moon. The right persons did what they knew and teamwork is at stake, but is 2012 and is not like way back in the seventies, when we had pride in our own decisions. Aside from Politics we need brains in our Government. Have a good one!

LORD


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Is it not sad that flaws are always part of a system; the more you try to get rid of them, the more you create in the process.

The saddest, however, is the fact that we need uttermost security everywhere on all levels.

I wish all the money spent could be use to create some kind of omnipotent protector, able to shock all people with evil thoughts to smithereens.

Voted up and excellent :)


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Lord,

Thanks for the very needed information. The last time I flew to the Bahamas it was on a private plane, so I have not experienced what you have, yet.

I voted up interesting and useful.

Bobbi


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Martie,

I wish I could be part of that omnipotent shield against evil. But since world came to exist it was filled with ambiguity and unfairness. Hopefully we won't see any tragedy soon. Have a nice one!

LORD

Hi there Bobbi,

Never been to Bahamas... not yet, but flew over. Luckly the weather is paridisiac down there. Nice to hear from you and will have to catch up with your hubs. Thanks again!

LORD

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