Should TSA’s leadership be held accountable for bad agents?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Lisa Simeone, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Should TSA’s leadership be held accountable for bad agents?
    by Chris Elliott

    Get ready for the onslaught of TSA apologists over there.
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This piece should be a classic.

    And what a week it has been!

    I only wish that the Hawaii meth smuggling arrests had involved more than a passing reference to TSA.
  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    It was either suppressed or too poorly covered to get national attention. I wouldn't be surprised to see it show up in the next week or two when the indictments are made.
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Chris's post, with slightly changed title, also at TSA News: Should TSA's Leadership Be Held Accountable for Bad Agents?
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I'd have to go with "not just the leadership."

    If someone is caught stealing at the checkpoint, fire all of the active employees at the checkpoint during the theft - unless they're the ones turning in the thief. Same for overreaching searches, rudeness, et cetera.

    They need to be watching their fellows as much as they're supposed to be watching the passengers, since they're a larger security threat than any passenger.
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  6. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Bolding mine.
    Agreed 100%! ^ Perhaps that is why you see so many smurfs hanging aroung the checkpoint simply chatting with each other. Maybe they are the ones assigned to "watch" the other screeners to make sure they don't steal from and/or abuse passengers....oh...duh...never mind!
  7. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    or COVER for their coworkers to steal....
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  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    From "TSA MANAGEMENT DIRECTIVE No. 1100.73-5
  9. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    What a joke.
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  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    One wonders how the TSA expects anyone to get anything done, since their very policies cause embarrassment to the agency, and everything they do causes the public to question their reliability, judgment, or trustworthiness. Catch-22.

    On the other hand, TSA employees are utterly reliable and trustworthy - if there's a way to screw something up, you can absolutely trust that they will reliably do so.
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  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    There is a little known management theory that can serve those in positions of leadership very well. I have used it over the years and I think it is one tool to keep oneself informed of the atmosphere of a workplace. I recognize that the higher one moves up the food chain the more difficult this becomes but it is also that much more important to follow the outline of the theory.

    The name of this management theory, apparently totally unknown at TSA, is "Management By Walking Around". I'm not going in to all of the details of how this works but most important to get a true read on what's happening is to not be seen as an intruder in the workspace.
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  12. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    You just HAD to mention that, didn't you?

    Now they're going to blow a few millions on Segways for the TSA management to use so they don't have to walk...
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  13. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Doesn't work with Segways, only sole express.
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I know that. You know that. It's impossible to tell the TSA management that. Or anything, for that matter...
  15. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Did anyone notice the poll at the end of the article? I know these things can be gamed, but over 6,000 said "Yes - they're responsible for their workers." Only about 300 said "No".

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