HS Today: Recent TSA Firings Show that Breaking the Rules Can Benefit Airport Security The so-called failings of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers never cease to stir headlines or to cause widespread alarm among the public and airport management. Among the latest transgressions: Eight TSA screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport were caught on video sleeping on the job and failing to follow standard operating procedures for screening checked bags. Meanwhile, at Southwest Florida International Airport, some 43 front-line screeners and supervisors were either suspended or fired for not carrying out the required random screenings. Although both incidents will, no doubt, draw criticism and concern, especially from other agents who will now tighten security for fear of also being caught out, a new study published by the BEMOSA (Behavioral Modeling of Security in Airports) Project shows that bending, breaking and ignoring the rules is part of the normative behavior of airport security employees. In other words, claims that security officers are slacking in their role to protect the public are too harsh, and it’s time for airport management to show greater trust in the judgment of experienced security personnel. No, thank you. The two-digit IQ's in the airports are already overly abusive without be allowed to ad lib. And their rationalization for sleeping on the job is that it's an "effective system of work performance..." Most likely, they were utilizing what was revealed by the BEMOSA study as an effective system of work performance in which employees were paired into "idle-active" small groups; rotating from active to idle to allow each employee to gain much needed physical/mental rest from a stressful but routine job. According to the research, the system actually allowed employees to be even more focused on the job when in active mode. But they do get a few things "right" ... Of course! Because carrying out such random checks does nothing to enhance security; they just make it “a little more difficult” for the bad guys to disrupt air transportation.