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March 11th, 2013
The TSA is a joke

FORMER TSA SCREENER SHOCKING CONFESSION S ABOUT SECURITY

Recently a Newark TSA screener who has just left the agency tells how silly policies and lazy workers do little to stop real threats.  Here's some of what was said...

A LOT of what we do is make-believe.

I've had to screen small children and explain to their parents I had no choice but to "check" them. I would only place my hands on their arms and bottom half of their legs, and the entire "pat-down" lasted 10 seconds. This goes completely against TSA procedure.

Since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy to do.

Did you know you don't need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener? These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror.

These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn't trust them to walk my dog.

Did you know an agent got through Newark last week with an improvised explosive device? That's not even news to anyone who works there. It happens all the time. The failure rate is pretty high, especially with federal investigators, and the pat-down itself is ridiculous. As invasive as it is, you still can't find anything using the back of your hand on certain areas.

When there are internal tests, conducted by the Newark training department, it's easy to cheat because they use our co-workers. You could be working with someone all morning, and then they're gone. Word gets around the checkpoint. Someone will come over to you and say, "Hey, it's Joe. He's got a blue duffel bag."

What are the chances of you being on a flight where something happens? We always said it's not a question of if terrorists get through - it's a question of when. Our feeling is nothing's happened because they haven't wanted it to happen. We're not any big deterrent. It's all for show.

A real pat-down is when a police officer pulls you over, uses his hands to search, actually goes into your clothes. We have to use the back of our hands around certain areas. It just doesn't work. It's a really bad way to pat somebody down.

If I had to guess, I'm sure lots of things get through.

Most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke. Their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency.

It's a pretty sad state of affairs when we're putting national security in the hands of people who can't even pass the GED test.  The only solution of safer airlines is to put airport security in the hands of the private sector.  Let's get the government out of this mess.  It's just one more thing for them to screw up.

-W&J's Producer

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