Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Lisa Simeone, Dec 22, 2011.
The latest from Amy Alkon:
Interesting Tactic If True: TSA Worker Nametag Swapping
Addendum to Amy Alkon's post above referencing one of our favorite guys:
Amy can pick a response from Nico here:
I like this one:
Yeah, in my comment over there I proposed "the fabled Nico's" various responses.
It's probably deliberate. "I was mistreated by a 45-year-old fat man wearing a badge labeled, 'ROSE.'" "We have no male employees named 'Rose,' so obviously it didn't happen."
If you want something truthful you asked the wrong person!
Actually I'm not even sure you can find an honest person at TSA.
Are they swapping SIDA badges or just name tags?
If you see the first name "Rose" on man's SIDA badge, summon law enforcement immediately.
If you see the first name "Rose" on a man's name tag (which is part of the uniform but likely only constitutes misabehavior rather than illegality), demand to see the employees SIDA badge.
If he won't show the SIDA badge, or the SIDA badge says "Rose", call a LEO.
If the SIDA badge shows a different name, demand the FSD or his assistant -- don't settle for a low-level supervisor who last job involved performing QA in mid-air on flipping burgers.
Note that Rose can be a last name. You might we to be sure you've read the badge correctly to avoid eating your foot for lunch.
Proceed carefully. I was once rear-ended by a Cadillac driven by an exceptionally nice (especially under the circumstances) gentleman whose first name was Shirley.
Would like to verify this.....
Does anyone know her?
Way back. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when TSA first got its grubby little mitts on airports, their silver little nameplates had their first name and some kind of ID number.
Now that they're "officers" the nameplate has a last name and the title "officer".
It's likely the fat old man's last name.
Melendez wrote back:
Officers wear name plates with their last name only. They're also required to wear their government ID and airport-issued identification, which both would have first and last name. Officers undergo uniform inspections at the start of each shift to ensure compliance with all uniform rules.
My question is if there is any prohibition of TSA employees turning over their SIDA badge so they cannot be viewed by the public.
The badges are supposed to be visible all the time. Someone in a TSA uniform showing what appears to be the backside of a SIDA badge might be an imposter doesn't actually have a SIDA badge.
Summon a law enforcement officer if he won't show it to you (or anyway).
Remember: If you see something, say something.
Just be prepared for arrest. For "interference with the screening process."
I recall reading some Federal employment regulations that addressed ID requirements for any Federal employee that has contact with the public. They could hassle someone who demanded ID prior to screening but would ultimately have to produce an ID.
Hmmm ... Maybe one way to fight back collectively would be to demand ID of every clerk you do "business" with and write down their names & numbers. That would gum up the works nicely but would be a great way throw the mind-reading contingent off keel.
This seems like fodder for investigation all by itself. If there is any organized effort to swap nameplates, then it is intentional, and the ONLY purpose would be to thwart civil/criminal complaints.
This seems huge and incriminating. Why on earth would you switch your nameplates except to avoid proper attribution of complaints, in order to deceive the public? And to the extent they are required to have ID, they are violating both the letter and spirit of the rule. Cover-up much?
(PS, Barbell, good to see you back! )
surely you must be joking. A Rose by any other name would be as sweet.
Except that a TSA employee named Rose wouldn't smell sweet.
TSA employees are that which makes the roses grow...
Would like to verify what? You mean the comment left at Amy Alkon's site? That was a reader who left a comment. It didn't happen to Amy. And yes, I know Amy, not the reader who left the comment.
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