Thursday, June 12, 2008

TSA's Demand for Real IDs- "Breathtaking stupidity"

c/o IT Wire (Australia)

The latest TSA stupidity is quite breathtaking.  They'll demand ID at the security checkpoint, but if you complain and refuse, you'll be denied access to the departure gates.  Those who gently explain that they left their wallet at home will be let through with some increased screening.

"After-all,  you're a good boy (or girl) who forgot their driver's license, all you need do is meekly offer a mea culpa and submit to a little extra screening.  To quote the TSA site: "Cooperative passengers without ID may be subjected to additional screening protocols, including enhanced physical screening, enhanced carry-on and/or checked baggage screening, interviews with behavior detection or law enforcement officers and other measures."  Pretty easy if you're a terrorist - what better encouragement would you need to be sure you left your ID at home! Or make sure your fake ID is sufficiently "real".  "    

I wonder what it's like to work for a federal agency that is embarassingly wrong and unpopular DAY -AFTER DAY - AFTER DAY.  We here at are offering career referral services for those who hate working at the DHS.  Hey- the pay at The Gap is competetive with what TSA is offering.  I mean if you're going to work for "the man" - you might as well be the nice guy giving people what they may actually need.   You could do mall security enforcement opposed to working for TSA- without all the crappy post 9-11 hype.  By screening a soccer mom and her 3 irritable brats trying to board the plane back from grandma's house you are not increasing the nation's security.  You end up being government cheese causing major constipation.  Don't kid yourself - no one in your graduating class wanted to grow up and be a TSA enforcement agent.

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