Monday, November 22, 2010

The Airline Traveler Is Vicious. When Attacked, It Will Defend Itself

The agents of the Transportation Security Administration have been sobbing their little hearts out because they just can't understand why Americans have to be all rude and cranky rather than passively adopt submissive-criminal body poses while uniform-wearing thugs fondle their genitals. Union officials are especially outraged that people who are just following orders should actually be blamed for what they do:
“Our concern is that the public not confuse the people implementing the policies with the people who developed the policies,” said Sharon Pinnock, the union's director of membership and organization.
Boo farking hoo, you craven authoritarian apologist. "Implementing policies" = "just following orders." That does not excuse your behavior.
Aviation and security blogger Steven Frischling said he has received comments from TSA front-line screeners complaining of verbal abuse.

“Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me. ...These comments are painful and demoralizing,” one unnamed TSO posted on Frischling’s website.

Another said: “Being a TSO means often being verbally abused. You let the comments roll off and check the next person; however, when a woman refuses the scanner then comes to me and tells me that she feels like I am molesting her; that is beyond verbal abuse.”
I don't blame you for remaining anonymous, you sociopathic piece of garbage. You grope innocent people all day, then claim you're the victim when they take umbrage?
“Obviously our work force has received the brunt of the frustration from passengers but seem to be dealing with it quite well, as they have been reassured they are doing a critical job at a critical time,” said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez.
Hmm -- maybe that explains the TSA's willingness to hire people who couldn't even manage to graduate high school. TSA doesn't want an educated, intelligent workforce; they want agents stupid enough to believe groping people's genitalia means they're "doing a critical job at a critical time."
“The thing to keep in mind is that stress affects screeners as much as it does travelers,” said Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University. Murphy has provided customer-service training to screeners at many U.S. airports. “While senior government officials explore how to achieve optimum security in less intrusive, and therefore less stressful, ways my recommendation to travelers is to try to see this from the screeners’ point of view.”
Translation: this hurts me more than it hurts you. Damn, baby, why you always gotta make me treat you like that?
Stewart Baker, who worked at the Department of Homeland Security as its first secretary of policy under President George W. Bush, suspects the new security protocols and the aggressive reaction of some passengers is hurting TSA morale.

“TSA has made a lot of progress in training its officers to be professional even in the face of unhappy passengers, but the latest protocols — and press coverage of the most inflammatory stories — have led to a much higher level of hostility,” said Baker.

“Instead of making this Wednesday National Opt-Out Day in which a bunch of self-appointed guardians of liberty slow down the line for everyone by asking for pat-downs,” said Baker, “maybe what we need is a day when everyone who goes through the line says, ‘Thanks for what you do.’ ”
C'mon, Winston, you can do it! Win that final battle over yourself. Learn to love Big Brother.


Anonymous NoStar said...

Yeah, the last thing we need is a bunch of "self-appointed guardians of liberty" because only a tea baggin' cretin cannot understand that our government does a tremendous job of protecting our rights. Anyone who would attempt to protect their own rights deserves to be locked up or sent away to a re-education camp.

< /sarcasm>

5:20 PM  
Blogger Consent of the Governed said...

Great blog post Jen.. thanks for writing exactly what I feel.

9:24 PM  
Blogger dsowd said...

I agree with Judy!

6:10 AM  
Blogger dsowd said...

I agree with Judy!

6:10 AM  
Blogger James Hanley said...

"self-appointed guardians of liberty."

Jesus, you mean like Patrick Henry? John Adams? George Washington? Thomas Jefferson?

Seriously, who the fuck does this sonofabitching bastard think is going to defend our liberty if we don't fucking appoint ourselves to do it? And why the hell shouldn't I appoint myself to defend my own goddam liberty!?

Thanks, Jennifer, for hosting a blog where I can swear freely when the case so obviously demands it.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

@James Hanley -

Seriously, who the fuck does this sonofabitching bastard think is going to defend our liberty...

I'd hazard a guess that you aren't real good at recognizing sarcasm when you read it, huh?

6:47 PM  
Blogger James Hanley said...

smartass sob, I wasn't referencing NoStar. S/he and I were both referring to the TSA person in the article who was criticizing us "self-appointed guardians of liberty."

I don't think that person was being sarcastic at all. NoStar's sarcasm was pretty evident, and would have been even without the /sarcasm tag.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

@James Hanley -

Yes, I can see now that you weren't referencing NoStar, but it didn't look that way to me at first, because of the quote - my mistake. You're right about the TSA guyin the article,Baker - he wasn't being sarcastic at all.

10:42 PM  
Blogger James Hanley said...


No offense taken. Classy response.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Abel said...

I literally feel ill over this whole matter. Bad as Bush was regarding the constitution -- well, the majority of my fellow Americans were still thinking with their fear centers rather than their cerebellums, so for all Bush's sins, "Outright ignoring the wishes of the majority of the populace" wasn't really high on the list. But Napolitano and her sleazy underlings -- POLITICAL APPOINTEES, not elected, not accountable -- come right out and say "Fuck you, America, we know you hate it but we won't change a damn thing."

I'm screwed. And I can't even leave the country -- where would I go? Who would have me? I have the skills and education to support myself in America, but they're not the skills that make other countries salivate -- no science, no engineering.

12:01 PM  
Blogger James Hanley said...


I agree. It makes me nauseous, too. In order to fly I have to let a strange man stroke my cock? I have three daughters, ages 13, 10, and 8. Am I really supposed to choose between someone taking child-porn pictures of them or letting someone grope their bodies?

Am I really supposed to teach them that they have to accept that kind of treatment?

I almost want to see Janet Napolitano go through that kind of public groping, except that no-one, not even her, should have to.

But, sick, yes. Literally nauseous about it. And wanting to lash out, but without any clear target or effective way to do it.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Mark Bennett said...

TSA doesn't want an educated, intelligent workforce; they want agents stupid enough to believe groping people's genitalia means they're "doing a critical job at a critical time."

Yep. How could they expect "unquestioning compliance" from the public if they couldn't secure it from their own employees?

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Russ 2000 said...

I love it. Innocent people are getting physically abused, but we have to be concerned with the verbal abuse heaped on people who volunteered for the job.

I used to work in a building that housed a TSA training facility. The trainers and the trainees were one step above scum-of-the-earth. It's an absolute disgrace and a complete rip-off of the taxpayers.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Russ 2000 said...

Also, self-appointed are the ONLY kinds of guardians of liberty.

7:45 AM  
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The terrorists HAVE won. They've changed our way of life.

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