Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by RB, Jul 18, 2012.
How does that work when you're not working?
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics the number of passengers who flew in 2010 just in the United States was 631,939,829. With using your number of 1% of passengers having problems with the TSA that is 6,319,398 passengers with some complaint regarding their experience going through screening. Even if it's a bit less than 1% that's still a helluva lot of complaints. If a private business had that many complaints they'd be out of business. And how many passengers don't complain because they feel it is useless since if you want to fly commercial in this country the TSA is the only game in town. I simply refuse to get on an airplane anymore because I will NOT be held hostage by a group of nitwits.
How many passengers don't complain because they are afraid of what TSA and its employees might do to them or their families?
That is a serious part of the TSA Troubles.
I am not certain of DFW contact personnel, but the program can be accessed a couple of ways, you can call (they ask for 72 hours notification) at
1 (855)787-2227 and explain what your exact situation is, and what (if any) special needs or considerations you may have. That number is live 0800-2300 EST Monday through Friday.
The way it works (at least here) from the hotline is they contact that airport directly, and let the customer service manager know the info you give them, and the times and flight info you give them. They in turn, forward it to the folks working the floor so they can be aware of your needs.
I have had reason to communicate with the DFW TSA CSR. It was not helpful.
Are the people who work in this program given specific training on helping people with diabilities or other medical needs? Who provides the training if any?
I do not know about the training* past the specialized training (and the additional training available to us) we all have to participate in with regard to all persons with disabilities (there are several classes we take every year). I do know that we have some experts in the system, but I do not know them or their positions. I have been chosen (per my management) because I work well with folks, listen to what they say and ask for, and help them with what they ask for. I also take additional training courses on different disabilities on my own to make certain that I stay as current and educated on the subject as possible. Many times, if I am unfamiliar with a specific disability that they communicate, I do research on it the day before I work with them to try and understand their challenges as well as I can. The most important thing to do when working with anyone that has a disability (whether they communicate it ahead of time or not), is listen to what they tell you, 99.99% of the time, they will tell you what you need to do in order to assist them.
Edit to add: *I am not certain what specialized training is given to other personnel, I can only speak for myself.
I appreciate the answer and again I'm not looking to nail any hides to a wall. I was wondering if TSA has a set training process for this function and if I am understanding correctly that answer is no other than the standard training everyone gets.
My opinion but TSA needs to create an academy where all new TSA employees receive initial training and provide specialized training for other groups. Making training standard for all would help with some of the problems TSA now faces.
Knowing some anatomy wouldn't hurt either. I have yet to find a body part with the name of resistance!
Wouldn't learning some anatomy (or, for that matter, any information of scientific or medical importance) disqualify them for TSA employment? (Well, aside from those who're working for the TSA because they enjoy touching those parts, whether because they're simple perverts or because they enjoy the rush that "being in authority" gives them?)
You mean actually training them instead of falsifying training records?
I'm think TSA needs to incorporate this pin into the TSA uniform since TSA employees seem to enjoy rubbing genitals so much.
Can they incorporate these, too, since their actions are so exceptionally moronic?
They'll reap the whirlwind from advocacy groups if they do. The LGBT community gets enough flack as it is by being equated with "deviant sexuality" and "immorality." Having an organization that actually molests people claim to show solidarity would, in many LGBT people's eyes, serve to cast an air of legitimacy upon the arguments of their detractors.
I have LGBT friends who would run screaming from the mere thought of being "supported" by as thoroughly disgusting an agency as TSA.
All I'm saying is if TSA wants to feel up people at least come out of the closet. No more calling sexual organs resistance.
You mean out of the molestation closet, not the GLBT closet.
Molestation and homosexuality are pretty rarely linked.
I think that a standardized training academy would be a good idea, but the costs would go up to do so. Not making any excuses - I like the idea, but in the current economic trend, building/buying a large building and staffing it with permanent personnel for training purposes and then paying TDY for all new hires to go to it would increase the costs of training at the front end of a possible career, instead of at the back end/middle where those costs give a better benefit for the organization. I will actually send an email up to HQ asking if this is something they plan in the future, or if it has been given some consideration, but I can almost guarantee that the response is going to be "not something that can be implemented at this time" or "Serious consideration has been given to this subject many times, but we are currently unable to justify the corresponding increase requirements that would hit the budget".
That being said, I would love to see a centralized academy that gives instruction on ALL of the training required for TSA, from basic all the way to specific job related classes.
Ah, so protecting the rights and dignity of the people, ensuring professionalism, and guaranteeing a consistent, predictable screening process...these things just aren't in the budget.
Of course not. Such things do not profit Chertoff and his cronies.
Not to mention the additional churn in TSA "employment" when the current batch of thugs realizes they won't be allowed to bully, molest, or steal any more.
I'm quite certain that a "centralized academy" for the TSA would be an utter waste of money. They can't even be trained to stop saying "Photography is prohibited," so why expect them to learn anything more complicated?
I still think a combination of speech-recognition software and shock collars could sort this one out right quick.
If TSA screening clerks were as smart as the average Golden Retriever, I'd agree with you.
So TSA has funds to buy Strip Search Machines at the cost of millions of dollars that really don't work well.
TSA has funds to place TSA employees at Train Stations although there is no real need for that.
TSA has funds for the Behavior Detection program although real science clearly debunks the concept.
TSA has funds for excess employees needed for the Gate Rape program even though everyone at the gate has already been screened, excepting the TSA and Airport employees.
TSA has funds for so many things yet nothing for real security. Is it any surprise that TSA and its employees are dysfunctional?
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