TSA Worker Nametag Swapping?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Lisa Simeone, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    The latest from Amy Alkon:
    Interesting Tactic If True: TSA Worker Nametag Swapping
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Addendum to Amy Alkon's post above referencing one of our favorite guys:
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yeah, in my comment over there I proposed "the fabled Nico's" various responses.
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    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."
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    If you want something truthful you asked the wrong person!

    Actually I'm not even sure you can find an honest person at TSA.
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Suggested strategy:

    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.
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  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Would like to verify this.....

    Does anyone know her?
  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    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". :rolleyes:

    It's likely the fat old man's last name.
  11. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    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. :D
  13. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Just be prepared for arrest. For "interference with the screening process." :td:
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  14. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    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.
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  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    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.
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  16. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    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! :))
  17. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    surely you must be joking. A Rose by any other name would be as sweet.
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  18. RadioGirl

    RadioGirl Original Member

    Arrrrrrrgh!!!! :eek:

  19. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Except that a TSA employee named Rose wouldn't smell sweet.

    TSA employees are that which makes the roses grow...
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  20. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    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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