Once again America and the TSA is being scrutinized. Articles have surfaced putting the TSA under the gun as a former employee issues a statement leaving many gasping as the report lists many problems at the agency.
We here horror story after horror story about the TSA and those employed within the organization just about every month. For example, a few days ago we found out undercover agents working for TSA got a bomb through security. They had a portion of the device exposed and the agent inspecting the luggage let it go. Another agent had an underwear bomb and he to got through even after being searched.
Former employees tell about how terrible the job is and how they are not accomplishing what the TSA was intended to accomplish which is stopping the terrorist threats before they get on the airplanes.
As a former TSA employee I would like to make an observation in regards to the employees. Yes there are bad employees that will steal valuables, check out the ladies and sit idle whenever and wherever they can not completing the job they were hired to do. That is the case in many businesses both private and public sector.
I agree our taxes are not being spent wisely at the TSA, however a vast number of employees take their jobs seriously and want to do the best job possible for our nation. Working at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas a majority of the supervisors, managers and employees were filled with pride doing a job hoping to stop any more terrorists attacks like the one on 9/11.
These employees on the front line checking luggage and passengers felt a duty to serve America in their own way. The pay wasn't great and it was a stepping stone into the Federal work pool for advancements to other departments.
Over the course of a year I talked with many individuals working there during breaks and down time waiting for the next rush of people to fill the corridors. Many felt a duty to country hoping to make a difference. Few saw it was a job because they couldn't get anything else. On occasions I encountered those who were working to gain part-time wages till their retirement kicked in several years down the road.
It is shameful that there are bad eggs who made it through the interview process and actually were asked to report to work. It is sad there were those who committed crimes by stealing valuables, helping to get drugs through undetected and just passing time till the shift was over.
However, it is unfair to say all TSA employees are that way. They have a job working to make ends meet and until we do away with the agency as it is today a good majority of them will give 110% hoping to complete the task at hand.