TSA staff at LAX undergoing transgender training

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Breitbart: TSA staff at LAX undergoing transgender training

    Lots more in the article -- she was hired as a woman but informed TSA of her prior name & male existence for the background check. When she showed up for work, she declined a transfer to baggage screening and then was ordered to grope men & use the men's restroom.

    And this ...

    At least not yet. :eek:
  2. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    I strongly support the court's decision. TSA management at LAX certainly screwed up royally on so many levels. What intrigues me is that this wasn't corrected at the local level. Seems to me that as this issue escalated, the H/R person and legal counsel on the FSD's staff would have had an opportunity to review the case and advise against any adverse actions towards Yang.

    I've learned to live and let live. Whatever a person chooses to do (within the limits of the law) is his or her own business. Just as long as the individual performs his or her job in accordance with policy and the law, personal lifestyle is a matter of privacy not public record.

    I'm curious, as a trainer, how much of this transgender training will affect other airports. To me, the policy is pretty straightforward and already covered in the myriad of human resources training we already receive. However, as we used to say in the Army, if one solder craps his pants, everyone in the division ends up having to wear diapers. I see the TSA bureaucracy acting no differently.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    When you say you are a trainer can you tell us at what capacity. Do you only train new hires, or travel and hold training sessions. Not trying to nail you to a cross or anything just trying to understand your role with TSA.
  4. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    I'm a permanent staff trainer. I train everybody: new hires and regular officers. The most frequent training I conduct is recurring training and new equipment training. I also administer all the tests, certifications, re-qualifications and remediations. And I serve as the subject matter expert in local Red Team drills. Somewhere in all of this, I'm also supposed to actually work the floor to maintain my proficiency, approximately 20% of my work week. Since I'm also the senior trainer, I also get stuck, uh, er, I mean, I get to also do all the office admin (scheduling classes, assigning instructors, coordinating other support, etc.).

    There are days I truly miss working the floor, but I do enjoy my job as a trainer.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Thanks, I appreciate you telling us this.
  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    As BDO escalates from obnoxious to combative, I think a legal analysis is desperately needed.

    I think federal employees have no business asking citizens where they're going, how long they're staying and how long they've stayed - not in the context of interstate travel. The socially responsible traveler is obliged to answer with something akin to "I respectfully decline to answer.", which is bound to lead to retaliation.

    Where are the lawyers when we need them? We really need a legal analysis.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A legal analysis won't change the fact that you're at his mercy & you can't really argue with a stupid person on patriotic mission.

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