No TSA; No Commercial Flights

airport security

This article is somewhat redundant, but necessary to inform my readers in the hope that they will tell others about the truth.

The Transportation Security Administration, the TSA is mostly incompetent, poorly organized, and the biggest inconvenience for air travelers in American history. Many of you may know that when airport security began, I was employed by an airline in Los Angeles. In just a few hours walls were built preventing departing passengers from going to their gates until their carryon items were hand-searched by a private security company. Metal detectors were placed at the doors where passengers exited to building onto the tarmac to board the aircraft. Air Marshalls were available in each terminal. And, yes, we ‘profiled’ passengers. Any man, traveling alone between the ages of 25 and 45, who appeared “non-American,” who had purchased a one-way ticket by cash was ‘red-flagged,’ and the Marshalls were advised. I was present when one such man was hand searched. In his possession was a book which had been hollowed out and a loaded pistol was placed inside.

This was at the height of the phenomena we called “skyjacking.”

Today’s federal employees and their millions of dollars of equipment are far less efficient and much costlier than what we provided back in the 1970’s.

However, it is now the law, and a very expensive operation. All passengers must be screened before boarding commercial aircraft. This may become your illegitimate president’s biggest problem in the near future.

Trump’s Shutdown, based on a single reason, building his unnecessary wall, has forced thousands of federal employees to continue performing the jobs for which they were hired without pay. These include the secret service, federally employed firefighters who protect our national forests, federal prison guards, and the TSA. TSA employees are already counterattacking Trump’s biggest mistake.

It began with hundreds of agents calling in sick at our major airports; that was just the beginning.

“Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardships and need for a paycheck. Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown,”  the official said in a statement posted to the union’s website on Tuesday. He did not specify how many had quit.

These are not highly paid positions. More importantly, they require a training period. It is not possible to hire a man or woman one day and put them to work the following day. And who would accept a position fully aware that they would be working for no pay?

Trump and his entire party have proven that they are ignorant, incompetent, and unable to govern the United States of America.

We must have an administration in Washington which serves all Americans. Trump and his circle of sinners serve themselves and the one-percent; we deserve better.

On November 3, 2020, we can take our country back. Vote all Republicans out of office; this is our country, not theirs.

The Truth Lives Here

Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage


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