23 More Distinguished TSA Scholars

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Step back even further. Let's start with basic things like "Please," "Thank you," "Have a nice day," not stealing from people, and washing one's hands after using the restroom - and certainly not using the same gloves they wore into the restroom to grope more travelers.
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  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "Please," "Thank you," and washing one's hands are usually covered in kindergarten or thereabouts.
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  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Basic hygiene, health and nutrition, physical fitness...I could go on...
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  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Kindergarten through eighth grade. No need for community colleges to even offer those.
  5. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I still remember Day One with TSA employees working the checkpoint. They were cheerfully greeting everyone with "Good morning sir / ma'am!"

    Sure didn't last long...
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Because those who were capable of anything useful have since left the TSA and moved on to jobs that require actual skills.

    And all the TSA has left are the ones who simply aren't capable of learning human (or humane) behaviors.
  7. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    The single smartest PR move TSA management made was to make their front-line staffers look, and apparently feel, like cops.
  8. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    How about memorizing the 4th and 1st Amendments to the Constitution.
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  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Why? Our current President has adequately demonstrated the vast gulf between knowing something and giving a crap about it...
  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The caption that accompanies the 3rd slide from the end (I've taken the liberty of bracketing it with protective barfies):

    :td: A coveted Transportation Security Administration badge is worn on the uniform of a new officer during a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) graduation ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the College of Southern Nevada Charleston campus in Las Vegas.:td:

    Here at the Travel Underground we have our own TSA slide show:

  12. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    The proverbial badge of dishonor.
  13. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Yaaay, the TSA Honor Guard showed up! :rolleyes: Don't bust a vein trying to suck in those guts! :p

    Something is really off about all those picture. Take away the policeman's costumes and put everyone in civilian clothes, and I would guess it's a religious sect revival or an Amway meeting. :confused:
  14. That slide show is nauseating. All self-congratulatory over three half-assed community college courses, not even any core requirements. This sort of nonsense should get an institution discredited.
  15. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    The analysis portion of my classes covered the traditional structures of analysis throughout history, a review of the basic stovepipe styles of analysis used throughout history, a review of the newer network styles and the hybrids that have popped up. It also reviewed compartmentalization and the effects on overall analysis and application of the finished product. The most interesting part of the analysis was the examination of how politics, real world concerns, global economics and personal belief systems can have an effect on what types of intel and analysis are used as a final product (with presentations of how previous events could have been prevented with a broader spectrum of analysis and collation of existing intel). It also delves into how intel gathering is different based on the same subjects (politics, focus, personal issues/beliefs, global conerns, etc). The classes I took, were pretty darn good from a history perspective - now does it warrant all the press that this one is getting? Not really, it is 3 classes. The important part is that employees are taking an interest in bettering themselves, and things (like college course) that push critical thinking and make you learn, are only going to help the workforce in the long run - which will help the professionalism of the work force in the long run. I wish more of our employees would take an active interest in bettering themselves (whether through college courses or interpersonal communications classes or community outreach programs that put them in touch with the people they ostensibly are serving).
  16. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Why? If they were to actually "better themselves," the first step would be to find a real job doing real work instead of the theatre that is the TSA.

    Current TSA employees are the brown stains on the underwear of that which used to be a proud country.
  17. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    To call them a stain suggests passivity. I liken them more to maggots gorging themselves upon the USA's rotting flesh, taking an active role in its decay and the destruction of what little is still recognizable in our bold, brave new United States of Homeland.
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  18. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Let's not disparage the maggot. It serves a useful purpose in the circle of life.
  19. But Rugape, how can somebody with sub-par basic writing and math skills make sense of all that analysis stuff you described? I have a genius IQ, was an honor student in high school, went to an uppity private university where I double majored and had a very respectable GPA, and honestly my analytical skills were half-assed until I got to graduate school. What good is all that jibber-jabber about analysis for people who would struggle to put a solid paragraph together? How can somebody even begin to truly analyze politics and global concerns (not just put together a list of CNN-style bullet points) without a solid background in political science and the cultural and religious studies of various areas? It is cart before horse, and it is an unnecessary and pricy endeavor for people who work a job that is in essence herding people through a chute and rifling through their stuff. I might support screeners bettering themselves if they took courses that actually impacted their work at the checkpoint, such as chemistry (to understand all the ETD false positives that result in back room genital fondling), OSHA and health code studies (to understand the infectious diseases and other cooties they are spreading with their unsanitary glove practices), multiculturalism and basic foreign language skills (to help international travelers traverse the gauntlet of all the silly and intrusive nonsense you folks foist on us).

    Furthermore, why are people who have completed three college courses worthy of a ceremony and newspaper articles? It's an insult to all the millions of people who bust their asses to do a lot more than this in college, many of them making great personal and financial sacrifices to do it. All the pomp is more evidence that this education program is not about improving airport security, it's an effort to improve the tarnished image of the TSA.
  20. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    High school students put more effort into graduating than the TSA's thugs put into this stupid program.

    And... we're still graduating illiterates.

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