Why I Have Problems With TSA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by RB, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I thought I would relate exactly why I have issues with TSA.

    First bad experience was at FLL. I had just cleared the WTMD and turned catching the Screener at the out feed of the xray with his hands in my wife's purse. I said something and he made like it had to be xrayed again. I reported this and was rebuffed by everyone in TSA.

    Going through LAS a while back the xray operator was verbally berating people for how they had packed their carry-on bags. This TSA screener was really making a scene. I had to go find a more senior TSA employee and he was more concerned with how to address him than what I was trying to report.

    Just a few months ago at DFW I entered the screening line. A Two Stripper TSA Clerk took my ID and asked me to say my name. I told him that my name was on both my ID and DL. After a short exchange he became visably angry and I really though he was going to go "Screener" and hit me. I reported this to his supervisor at the checkpoint who did nothing, I reported it to "Talk to TSA" and later to the DHS OIG who handed it off to the Office of Inspection. To this day I have heard nothing from anyone at DHS or TSA.

    So to wrap up if my experiences are any indication of how TSA handles complaints it is little wonder that TSA claims few people complain.
  2. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I don't need bad experiences and interaction with TSA to despise them for what they do or for what they are doing to our freedoms.
  3. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    Even though their mouthpiece, Nico, says this, we know that there is nothing called accountability with TSA.

    Even when things are reported, Bullcrap Bob/TSA just shoots back with this pile of :trash:

  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    A little more information.

    A few months ago I went through DFW, Terminal A, mid TSA checkpoint. They had a two TDC's working the line, one a two stripper who I handed my ID to. He asked me my name and I stated it was on the BP and Passport Card. We had a short exchange and it seemed to me that he became angry, was verbally abusive and I thought he was going to strike me.

    Anyhow, I reported this via Talk to TSA and after going nowhere with DFW TSA reported to the OIG. They handed off my complaint to TSA's Office of Inspection (whatever that is) and have not responded to any of my attempts contact them.

    This incident happened in late February with reports filed with DFW in February, then early March for OIG.

    So how does one go about getting a resolution to a complaint filed with TSA?
  5. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Know somebody.

    As to my issues with them, I had to go through what's now known as a "resolution" patdown in 2006 when I failed the WTMD and the hand-held pinged on rivets on my jeans. During the patdown, the screener stuck her hand so far down my waistband she encountered "resistance". As I walked out of that room, I swore then and there that if I was ever faced with that level of patdown again, I'd walk.

    I wear orthotics, so have to get a patdown, but every trip I'd had since that point had just a standard patdown - no big deal.

    Until they announced that waistband searches were now becoming "standard".

    No thank you.
  6. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Are you male or female?
    If you're male, so why was a woman patting you down?
    If you're female, what "resistance" did she encounter?
    ...just curious :confused:
    OOPS...Just looked at your profile! :oops:
    Still wondering why a woman sexually abused you instead of a male! :confused:
  7. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Male. Woman was patting me down because it's "Consistently Inconsistent", I guess. She mighta been the only one at the time available to do the "Hush-Hush ultra-patdown".

    And I call my "resistance" Mr. Winkie. YMMV.
  8. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    All that just for alarming the WTMD? They couldn't even figure out that it was metal on your jeans?? Holy Moley!
    Did they take you to the "private room" so that there were no witnesses?
  9. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Alarmed the WTMD, and the hand-held kept going off around my mid-section because of the jeans rivets.

    I'd worn those jeans through the WTMD plenty of times before, so I'm not sure how sensitive they had their equipment set.

    Yes, off to the private room... 2006, days of innocence. They'd need a tow truck to get me into a private room now.
  10. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Did they wear the infamous blue gloves back then, or did she use her bare hand? :td:
  11. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Gloves, but no idea how old they were.
  12. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    'Nother question...hope you don't mind. Was there anyone else in the room besides you and the over-sexed screener? I would think they would require someone from TSA to witness that for the screener's protection, otherwise you could have just "cleaned her clock" so to speak.
  13. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Nope, just the two of us. Wife was waiting outside, boy did I have some splainin' to do...
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  14. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I would think your wife would want an explanation from the over-sexed screener. If I were married and in the same situation I would have invited her outside the terminal to explain why she fondled my man's "resistance!"
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  15. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Yeah, easy to say when you're not at the checkpoint. Not so easy when you're on your way to your best man's own wedding in EYW and are barely going to make the rehearsal dinner as is...
  16. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Granted, there were time constraints, but I have excellent long-term memory. I would have dealt with her on the return trip! ;)
  17. mozgytog

    mozgytog Founding Member

    I hate bullies.
    I hold grudges.
    I have absolutely no sense of proportion.
  18. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    I've been through TSA infested Checkpoint Charlie since day one. Been told to lose weight when asked for my belt back, by a TSO. Gotten harassed on every leg of a trip at the gate due to the dreaded SSSS on the boarding pass (thank you airlines for making a loyal flyer out to be a terrorist). Had a TSO want to remove a translucent bandage covering a 12" incision (you could see every one of the staples) - potentially killing me at the gate. Had my luggage left open after being searched by a clerk. Gotten threatened with arrest (numerous times). Gotten the DYWTFT fewer times than threatened with arrest. Been felt up during a pat down by a TSO (find it disgusting and disturbing that someone would do that to me). Had my carry on belongings scattered across several tables in an attempt to inpress me with their authority. Filed numerous complaints with TSA suit types (well-known at certain airports). Reported several TSOs for failing to comply with the SOP and impressing on the suit types why the SOP is important. Frequently lied to by TSA managers. Ask one about cargo screening and see what they say.

    Afraid of TSA? No, quite disgusted by them. The only thing I fear from them is depriving me of the tools needed at customer site (includes cables, adapters, etc).

    Every last one of them needs to review the oath they took when they hired in and hang their collective heads in shame for what they have done to harm this country.
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