Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Jan 5, 2013.
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Wow, interrogating young children. Rugape, is this SOP?
Apparently TSA now has a mandate to search for children in the hands of non-custodial parents.
And of course, I don't need to mention that such a thing is a completely unlawful search.
Like that matters. They're on a mission from God.
TSA employees take an oath to defend the constitution. I wonder who's constitution?
I have never seen anything that indicates we are to interrogate children. On the other hand, having conversations with a large number of passengers (children included) is a different story. Making small talk to those receptive of it is not a wrong thing.
Conversations with children should be limited to "Hi, how are you?"
Asking kids their parents names & locations is way over the line.
Rugape: That wasn't a "conversation" that was an interrogation. If I had witnessed that would have seen a smurf getting there (expletive deleted) handed to them Drill Sgt style...Maybe would have gotten through brain dead's head.
That smurf needs to be terminated and thrown under the jail to rot... that or take a flying leap off the DFW midfield tower head first.
Anyone wanting to blow up Cedric Alexanders phone and email.
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If it is a child then doing so without the parents permission is wrong.
Waste of time. Just another TSA slacker.
Robert Gentry - AFSD DFW
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Agreed, and that is how I approach the situation.
1. It isn't really my business
2. One of the parents may not be there and it can agitate the child (and the parent)
3. One of the parents may be dead and it can agitate the child (and the parent)
4. Did I mention it isn't really my business?
I've got another one for your list:
5. The kid may answer dishonestly, or incorrectly, or strangely, for the kid's own innocuous reasons. Then the parent gets all nervous because the kid perhaps made their situation sound suspicious when it wasn't. Then you have a situation to resolve that wasn't actually a situation to begin with.
But, I should add, it isn't the first time we've seen this. A FT poster described her kids (possibly teenage) getting interrogated, and when she objected, she was told the TSA had a secret objective to search for abducted children, or something like that. I think RB has mentioned this one before. She ended up making a bit of a scene, but I believe it ended okay.
This is why parents tell their children not to talk to strangers and that applies to the TSA in my opinion because you aren't going to run into a stranger lot than them.
A greeting does not involve asking questions. Good morning/afternoon/evening is all the greeting you need. Besides why do you assume anyone wants your greeting?
I do not assume anything, however, basic customer service 101 indicates that in public service sector, greeting people that enter your sphere of operation is a professional thing to do. If you do not wish to engage, that is entirely within your right, you can blow me off all day (People do it all the time) - however, that does not preclude me from being professional and greeting as many people as I possibly can (as long as it does not interfere with my job function).
Let me try and make this simpler. Saying good morning or such is not a question. It does not require a response unless the other person desires to respond. Asking questions such as "Are you traveling alone" is a question and a form of interrogation and is not appropriate when asked of a child.
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