Does the TSA believe that if screeners break the law, they’ll need to hire more screeners to screen the screeners or something?

A Portland screener is accused of stealing $1300 from a passenger. There may even be a videotape. The incident was reported, and the money was found in a nearby trash can. The TSA dismisses it…

    “We believe that we have 55,000 of America’s finest working on the front lines of terrorism at the airports. Obviously we hire from the human race. We are a small microcosm of society, and people steal things from society. Are we going to be able to eliminate this 100 percent? Your guess is as good as mine,” Nico Melendez of the TSA said.

And meanwhile…


While the TSA is protecting our money.. from ourselves… the higher ups are using every bureaucratic maneuver possible to delay the arming of pilots. There’s no secret that the TSA objects to the congressional mandate. So they fired the head of the training academy and they are moving the training facility from Georgia to New Mexico. Many of the 50 trainers just moved to Georgia, and of course they won’t all move to New Mexico and there won’t be enough trainers for awhile… bureaucratic mission accomplished!

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