50% of the TSA’S Employees Have Been Accused of Misconduct
Airport travel is less fun these days. The TSA is making it worse.
If you fly commerical airlines anywhere in the U.S., you have seen them and experienced the silly rituals they impose on passengers in the name of security.
Take off you shoes so they can be X-rayed. There might be a bomb in your shoes. Don’t carry more 3.4 ounces of any liquid, including salsa or yoghurt for your lunch.
Don’t question the agents — the Constitution does not apply in an airport or wherever else there might be TSA agents. You are always under suspicion for being a terrorist — especially if you are a young child or a little old lady in a wheel chair.
Don’t complain when you are exposed to harmful radiation from their scanners or the agents line up to view the revealing scans of your genitals. Don’t worry when an agent cops a feel of your privates.
Welcome to surreal and insane TSA-LAND where the locals are not quite worthy of our respect and more of a threat to our security than nearly all of the passengers
Half of them misbehave, probably more act unprofessional on a regular basis.
The statistic is something no organization would be proud of. Out of 30,000 employees and during the years 2013 to 2015, 15,385 of the 30,000 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees have been accused of misconduct: 6,195 have two complaints, 2,778 have three, and a whopping 2,480 have four or more.
True, they do not really have much to do. Not usually, anyway. Most of the time they are scanning your carryons for potential bad stuff, staring at IDS and passports, and making sure nobody sneaks on the plane with a large tube of toothpaste.
So it is boring work. But it is a multibillion-dollar agency, and one would think the most such tedium would cause is a few TSA agents falling asleep on the job every now and then.
Far from it, however. Between charges of inappropriate pat-downs, hopelessly slow lines, confiscation of personal goods with no due process, and outright theft (with several rings of TSA agents lifting some of the good stuff people put in their carry-ons during a “‘ran- dom search”’ actually triggered by what they saw in the X-rays), the TSA is on its way to a record of misbehavior that goes beyond that of almost any other federal agency. (Congress is the lone exception, but that organization does not generally keep track of its misbehavior.)
And it is getting worse. Allegations of TSA misconduct have gone up by 29% over the last three years. Strangely, however, open investigations of the charges have gone down by 15% during the same three years. Which, because the bad things happening are not looked at, means even more unchecked bad behavior is going to happen.
Why the TSA will not investigate the problems in its own camp is especially strange. The agency claims the right to have complete control over its policies, as well as the ability to block outside requests for information, and it uses the excuses that they must review case files manually before turning them over to outside watchdogs. All of which means that even when congressional oversight over an agency like the TSA is not warranted, and even with thoughtful, well-meaning staffers driving the oversight, the data is just not available.
So the truth about the TSA stays hidden, except for the top-level counting of cases of alleged misconduct by its employees. This is not how government is supposed to work.