Fox 4 Now: TSA whistleblower raises concerns about security at RSW

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Fox 4 Now: TSA whistleblower raises concerns about security at RSW

    A former TSA worker breaks his silence tonight, speaking out about security concerns at RSW airport in Fort Myers that he says could affect your safety. Meanwhile, TSA officials are firing back. Four in your Corner investigator Mike Mason joins us with a story you will only see on Fox 4.

    This veteran TSA security officer was in good standing when he left for personal reasons and now wants the public to know what he claims is really going on at RSW.

    Jim: "They're supervisors and they don't do those things so they just stand around."


    According to Jim, agents are afraid to report problems to their supervisors.

    Jim: "It's a management by fear atmosphere that you work in. The people are scared to death."

    Jim says when agents have not been properly trained to work as screeners they are more likely to allow weapons and contraband to slip through the X-ray machines. He says at RSW this has happened numerous times. Jim: "I've seen people miss knives and cans of mace."

    Jim says one of his duties included acting as a training mentor and training new agents how to work security checkpoints. He says agents are required to complete approximately 100 hours of 'on the job' training before they can work checkpoints unsupervised. Jim says even after completing the training some agents are still not qualified and, as a result, he has told his supervisors he would not sign off on that agent.

    Jim: "I've had people that I trained who, and I told people, he's not ready. I mean he's just not ready, doesn't matter."

    Jim says supervisors didn't seem to care and would simply have another training mentor sign the paperwork, whether that agent was ready or not. He says this has happened to him once but it happened to his fellow officers several times and when new agents are not trained properly it presents a security risk to all passengers.


    Jim says, for the most part, agents at RSW are doing their best to protect the public but the turbulent atmosphere inside the TSA distracts many from doing their best.

    Jim: "If you're part of the ‘in-crowd’ you're fine. If you're not and they need somebody to hang out to dry they'll paint a target on your back and once they do you're done."
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Let us ask ourselves what kind of person voluntarily remains in such a "job."
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm sure TSA senior managment is unaware of any issues.
  4. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I read this article and thought about what this whistle blower has to say, and I find I just don't give a rat's patootie.

    The whole explosives melodrama the TSA is acting out, their obsession with pawing at people's reproductive organs, their "leadership's" proclivity for committing waste and fraud, and their hiring and training of criminally malfeasant screeners are the sum and total of my objections to the TSA.

    The whistle-blower tells us that they have screeners who aren't able to use the TSA's naked scammers & Xray Equipment "properly." I. DON'T. CARE. I just want the TSA disbanded.

    As long as the cockpit doors are locked, bags are screened to a reasonable extent (no stealing/confiscation/trumped-up-charges please), and passengers skip through metal detectors, I feel sufficiently safe.

    All the rest is theater. All of it. The naked scammers, the perverted, sadistic pawing of genitals, breasts, Depends undergarments and surgical wounds, the "magical :rolleyes: explosives detection swabbing rituals," and the "amazing ESP/BDO voodoo" are all embarassing, expensive examples of fascist lunatics running wild within our federal executive branch. Enough is enough.

    Make. It. Stop!

    PS: I can't say enough about the stupidity of the "swabbing for explosive residue" theatrics. Anyone who's stupid enough to imagine finding nitrates and glycerin on a person or their possessions is suggestive of explosives should not be expected to dress and feed him/herself without assistance. It boggles my mind that anyone is that dumb, and yet the DHS is apparently staffed from top to bottom with sociopaths, lunatics and morons dumb enough to follow sociopaths and take the ravings of lunatics seriously. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGG!
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  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    We may disagree but if the swabbing really detected explosive residue instead of hand lotions and such then it would be a very good thing to do. As it stands today the swabbing is ineffective to the point of total failure since the equipment does not discriminate between everyday harmless items and truly dangerous items.

    TSA seems ready to buy any gimmick some sales person comes up with. Before TSA spends a penny on technology it would seem they would have to prove that the device fully met the job intended. I think technology is where TSA has really failed with employees coming in on a photo finish second.
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  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    The TSA's naiveté with respect to technology reminds me of the fairy tale "Jack and the Bean Stalk." That story had a happy ending because it was a fairy tale. We live in the land of not-so-make-believe, where buying magic beans from slick salespeople is STILL A BAD IDEA!

    Of course, TSA "leaders" and congress-scum got generous side deals from those smooth talking salespeople, so I guess it was a good idea from the perspective of the salespeople, the congress-scum and the "leaders", but what about the taxpaying citizens?
  7. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I don't mean to bash my elders, but a lot of the TSA employees I see in RSW are older people working there to supplement their retirement income. If imaginary threats like airborne liquid explosives were eliminated from the screening process, it would be a lot easier for them to focus on real weapons / explosives / incendiaries. Come to think of it, all TSA employees would benefit from this.
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  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    So that's how much a soul costs these days?
  9. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Appearently not much considering what TSA pays. TSA = Whores in my opinion but I have a higher opinion of the worlds oldest profession then TSA.
  10. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I don't see any reason to put down whores, as they are engaged in honest trade and do not assault people for wages. TSA goons are hired thugs. They commit crimes for money. They are the lowest rung of an organized criminal enterprise.
  11. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Unless that's what the customer wants. :p
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