TSA screeners may wear their SIDA badge to hide their name

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Doober, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Yep, right of out Blogger Boob's mouth (actually it took him 3 tries to get it right):


    ETA: It gets even better. Read this thread from the other place:


  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    They never do get it, do they?

    Perhaps if there wasn't a reason for them to be harassed, they wouldn't have to worry about it in the first place. :confused:
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  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I wonder if they're also allowed to trade shirts so the embroidery doesn't match.
  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    49 USC § 44935 - Employment standards and training
    (j) Uniforms.— The Under Secretary shall require any individual who screens passengers and property pursuant to section 44901 to be attired while on duty in a uniform approved by the Under Secretary.

    TSA MD 1100.73-2 Handbook

    B. Standard Uniforms:

    (9) Nametags: Officers shall wear a TSA issued nametag.
    (a) The nametag will be worn on the right side of the chest. On the issued blue shirts, there are round eyelets for proper placement of the clutch pins. On the sweater vest and optional sweater, there is a nametag holder on the right front breast with round eyelets for the clutch pins. Nametags will not be worn on the polo shirt, coverall, or jacket.

    (b) The standard nametags have two lines of engraving. The top line contains the officer’s last name; the bottom line contains the officer’s title (Officer, Lead Officer or Supervisory Officer). As an exception to policy, TSOs are authorized to procure nametags from the uniform contractor (using either their uniform allowance or personal funds) that put their title above their last name, subject to approval by the FSD or FSD designee.

    C. Metal Badges:
    (2) TSOs must report for duty in the proper uniform with a badge.
    (a) A TSO who does not report for duty in the proper uniform with the metal badge will be deemed not prepared for duty and will be responsible for requesting appropriate leave (annual leave, accrued compensatory time or leave without pay (LWOP)). If the TSO does not request leave to retrieve the metal badge then the TSO must be assigned to job functions that are outside the view of the public.

    (b) The TSO must also be advised that continued failure to report for duty in the proper uniform with the metal badge may result in appropriate corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including removal.


    The holder of the ID is personally responsible for its use and shall display this badge at all times when in the SIDA Area and in accordance with all portions of the Airport’s Security Program. The holder shall not deface, alter, intentionally damage, place stickers on, or otherwise change the appearance of the badge. Nor shall the Badge Holder loan or permit others to use the badge. All badges are non-transferable and may only be used by the individual to whom they were issued.
    Federal Regulation 1542.209
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  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    A significance resistance to (or complete lack of) cluefulness is apparently a prerequisite for "employment" by the TSA.
  6. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    There is precedent for what Bob says. SIDA and AOA are credentials used to gain access to the non-public areas of the airport, not to provide identification to the public. My crew badge was AOA, and it gave access to ops, the crew rooms, and "shadow of the aircraft" on the ramp. Airport Operations Area allows for blanket coverage for crew at all the airports they work flights out of, and in my case it was integrated into our company photo ID. SIDA is for ground based employees, usually issued by each individual airport. As late as the mid 1990s there were some airports placing really sensitive info on their SIDA like Social Security Numbers.

    On board the aircraft we weren't supposed to have them visible. I wore mine on a ski pass lanyard, and stuck it my pocket as I was getting settled. Not that I cared if someone knew my last name or how bad my mugshot looked, I'd just rather not have it get tangled up in the shoulder harness if I needed to get out in a hurry. Same reason I wore a clip-on tie. :p

    If a TSA employee is not wearing their metal tag with their last name on it, a Supervisor should be notified as they are out of uniform.

    Now instead of providing just some calm factual information recently, TSA Blogger Bob Burns decided to stomp his feet up and down like a child and attack Amy Alkon. What purpose did that serve?

    Obviously we all need to take more pictures of TSA employees and upload them to a public domain site. :D


  7. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

  8. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    The requirement to have the nameplate visible is why no nameplate, no working in the public area. Jackets weren't allowed for that reason. Even the orientation of the nameplate is implied by their rules. SIDA is not an alternative either.
    Right to privacy?? Amazing.
  9. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Thanks! I've been looking for this for some time. I don't see how they can conceal the SIDA creds or refuse to provide their identity when searching a passenger.

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