Security Agents Lack Sensitivity

March 18, 2010

in Airport Stories

Last year I was flying from Philadelphia to Los Angeles right before the holiday of Passover. Lucky me, I was chosen for the extra security screening — no big deal, really, since I was two hours early for the flight. The family before me in the extra security screening were Orthodox Jews with a lot of kids, four or five, all very young, so they had lots of stuff with them. Also no big deal.

As the family was in the screening process, I overheard two TSA employees commenting that the reason “those people” could afford to have so many kids was they were Jews and therefore “those people” had lots of money. I shot the TSA guys a death stare, and one of them had the chutzpah to say “oh, don’t worry, we’re not talking about you.” I guess just because I don’t look Jewish (which I am, incidentally), they weren’t worried about offending me.

I filed an official complaint with TSA. The workers were sent to “sensitivity training” — I guess because there’s no method to train someone out of being a jerk.

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ps March 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

It sounds like par for the course in the US. If you all put on burkas and strapped explosives to yourselves (and if you are missing a few teeth and dont bathe even better) while screaming "Allah Akhnbar!" you would have been waved through while a grandma with white hair would have been striiped searched.


MJ March 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Sadly, I don’t find it especially surprising that this happened. I love how so many Americans will defend Israel and then make horrible comments about Jews.


Karl April 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm

ps: You are a scumbag racist and sure got not enough oxygen when you were born.


the logger April 7, 2010 at 2:38 am

The average TSA smurf is not trained to present themself as a professional.

Basic training, low wages, part time status does not breed a professional work force.

Most are passive aggressive and this is reflected in their demeanor.

Derogotory, bigoted comments are part of everyday life in America. Blogs are full of them when posters cannot be identified.

TSA is reflective of the coarsening of America.

We've lost a lot.


Peace Lover April 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

It does make me sad when I see and hear people treating others with discrimination simply due to their religion or colour and even sexuality. I am very against this sort of thing and I do not mean to sound OTT when I say this but some people seem to lack a heart. We are all human no matter what and if we all unite together and say NO! then we can stop this terrible discrimination once and for all. I personally admire the jewish people, I would have loved to have had a bar mitzvah for my 13 birthday, they look like a lot of fun.


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