It’s hard enough to be a TSA Agent without folks like the one I’m about to rag on present. Last week, my Mother and Stepdad were the victims of a robbery by two young black men in South Chicago, one who goes around in a mask that’s from the movie Scream. At any rate, they held up my folks at gunpoint; to save their lives, my Mom gave up her purse – with her ID in it.
The Chicago Police at Department District 4 gave her an incident report (oh, and if you’re not injured in a robbery in Chicago, the report goes to the bottom of the investigation pile), and told her she could use it to present to the TSA.
Fast forward to O’Hare. This TSA Agent I’m ragging on wasn’t the supervisor there. He’s about 6’2, slight build, white, small glasses sitting on an angular nose. A kind of crew cut. He looks almost exactly like this photo of an unknown crew person in the movie Crimson Tide. Bingo.
Two women TSA Agents were helping my Mom, when this guy walks over and away from his post (he was standing off to the left side of the line that starts as you turn to the right and between the ticket areas in the United Terminal at O’Hare. Something said to me “He’s trouble,” and I was correct. He stepped in and looked at the Chicago Police incident report and said “Anyone could make these.”
That’s bullcrap and I told him so. Moreover, I said that the Chicago Police told my Mother she could use it to present to the TSA at O’Hare. I said “If there’s a problem, you need to tell the Chicago Police.” He said “No I don’t.” I told him he does, and moreover, that he’s just making up some rules and should not be involved at all.
The female supervisor said she’d take care of it, and did so. But what I’m sick and tired of are male TSA Agents who aren’t sympathetic to the persons who are going through a problem, and make up stuff to make themselves sound important. Please get another job. That’s not what being a TSA Agent is all about, and I’m tired of seeing people act like that.
Just like this WALTER guy at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport who butted in as I was telling the TSA Agent that I was declaring my garage opener so it would not be red-flagged. This guy – light-skinned African American man with a pot-belly and a small mustache – walks up and says to me “You’re telling her how to do her job?” I said “Yeah, because it’s the right procedure.” He said “Let her do her job.” I told him she’s supposed to take the device out of the bag – I removed it for her because I was supposed to do that.
Think about this folks. In both cases we have men who get macho FOR NOTHING and in Walter’s case is trying to authorize an approach that would leave a device that’s supposed to be declared as UNDECLARED. That’s NOT what a TSA Agent is hired to do.
Folks, don’t be afraid to call out these bad TSA Agents.