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November 22, 2010

One Job That’s Not So Fun…. TSA Patter-Downer

Filed under: General HR Buzz3:46 pm

With the busiest travel day of the year fast approaching, perhaps all air travelers should take a moment and thank the TSA Officers for doing their part to keep the airways safe. 

These government employees are the unfortunate ones who must pat down those travelers who opt out of the full body scan.  And as much as you dislike the
“extra friendly” pat downs on the inside of thighs, over the buttocks and other places, I assure you the Patter-Downer is not whistling Dixie. 

Passenger outrage has unfortunately been directed at the messenger.

The American Federation of Government Employees, the union that represents TSA workers is urging the TSA to do more to protect its employees from abuse from airline passengers angry over the new security methods.  The union reports that some officers have reported instances in which passengers have become angry, belligerent and even physical with TSOs (transportation security officers).  In Indianapolis, for example, a TSO was punched by a passenger who didn’t like the new screening process.

Read MSN’s article on abuse of TSA workers here


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