Insider perspective: Life as a TSA screener

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She's the one on the left. (img by Bill Alldredge)

Last month, I gave you a few basic rules for dealing with airport security, one of which was “Be human,” with its corollary “treat screeners as humans:”

Organizations like the TSA, no matter how evil we think them, are made up of humans. Most people who work for TSA are not sociopaths or power-hungry fucks looking for cheap kicks touching your junk.

In case you doubted me, I’ve got a little documentary evidence about TSA screeners’ human side. And no, I’m not talking about the TSA drug-smuggling thing.

Here’s a long article by a Condé Nast Traveler writer on her (brief) experience as a TSA screener, from the interview process to life on the job to the day she quit. I think it’s the best thing out there humanizing the TSA. Remember: there are better ways to protest misguided security than being angry at the guy or girl touching your junk with blue-gloved hands.

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  1. James West on Facebook James West on Facebook May 8 2012 @ 11:13am

    Interesting take – and I love the playmobil TSA agents.