Written by Allen West
I do a lot of traveling so I’m quite familiar with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). In my overall experience, these are good -hearted Americans who are doing their duty.
Now, I admit, there are one or two who are lacking in “customer service skills.” I remember coming back from a trip to Israel and having some nice skin cream from the Dead Sea that a TSA agent in Newark confiscated and tossed into the trash bin – even though I showed him the purchase receipt. Funny thing, it got through security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.
So on that subject, Poltico has an article by former TSA Agent Jason Edward Harrington entitled, “Dear America, I saw you naked. And yes we ere laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA Agent.”
Harrington says he was called into his boss’ office after he sent a letter to the New York Times after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had tried to detonate 80 grams of a highly explosive powder while on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Harrington said
The TSA saw the near-miss as proof that aviation security could not be ensured without the installation of full-body scanners in every U.S. airport. But the agency’s many critics called its decision just another knee-jerk response to an attempted terrorist attack. I agreed, and wrote to the Times saying as much.
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