No Laughing Matter


915028-6-20121226160346A TSA employee demonstrates the stance in an advanced image technology unit at Boston Logan International Airport, Friday, March 5, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

TSA Agents ‘Laugh’ at Nude Images

Flirting, clowning is typical in screening rooms: blogger By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff

Airport security is no laughing matter—except to TSA agents who clown around in back rooms and chuckle over “some of your nude images, dear passengers,” a blogger writes. Purportedly an ex-TSA officer, the blogger claims to have never seen or heard about illegal goings-on in screening rooms where officers review passengers’ X-ray images, the Daily Mail reports. But “I witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning.”

What’s more, the rule against officers sneaking a peek at passengers after reviewing their X-ray images is occasionally broken. Why the bad behavior? The blogger blames the TSA for hiring people “who are often fresh out of high school or a GED program … with minimal training and even less professionalism.” But even worse are the screening devices themselves, which “are useless, as I and many, many others have previously pointed out. … The entire thing was, as usual, a hare-brained, tax payer money-wasting, disaster of an idea.” (One former screener says agents steal people’s belongings all the time.)

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