These are a few stories I remember from working at the TSA.
Years ago I used to work for the TSA, I was what they called dual certified. I could work in either the checkpoint or baggage. I worked at a small airport, during the summer we had both international and domestic fights. During the winter domestic flights only. Despite what people say about the TSA the people I worked with were decent people. There were a couple of bad seeds though. There was one I remember who always rubbed me the wrong way. I really don’t remember his name but for here I will call him Stevie, Dude looked just like Steven Segal. He was an ex-cop from New York now this guy was a head case. He was one of those had to look tough all the time guys. We were waiting for a flight to head out in baggage. He was telling these guys how he planted pot on this guy, because he knew the guy was a dealing though, Stevie could not prove it. I asked him ” Isn’t that entrapment?”. Stevie replied “No, because I knew the guy was a dealer.”
One of the flights I love working was Icelandair. The people are friendly and agreeable. I used to try and say their names, when ticket checking. They were a fun bunch. I want to visit their so bad. Though they did pack a lot of food products in their baggage. Those bags were heavy. These thing were filled with Turkeys, hams, fruit, lots of canned or boxed food as well.
I spent about 50% of my time in either area. The times I like working out front were when I was dealing with people from another country. Granted many of these people were from the United Kingdom. I prefered the over crowded passenger check in compared to what you might find is some bags. When I first started I saw a couple of huge 12 inch double sided dildo, with a ton of gay porn around it. Oh yeah and they were still lubed up. Thank goodness for gloves. Then as I was doing that search was a big teddy bear. “Damn it why did I have to get this one” I said to myself.
Many people may not know this but we got tested every year on our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). If we didn’t pass the test 3 times your were let go. The whole time you are being shadowed to make sure you are doing things correctly. We were constantly training on the SOP. We did have training on the x ray machine simulator every month and were tested every year. I do not know how many times I have seen the same learning modules. Every 3 months we had to watch a video on Sikhism. How they are culturally different from the Arab Muslims. This video went into how they where their hair, and the ceremonial Kirpan (small dagger). It also explained how it is one of the youngest religions being founded in 1500 ce.
What I am about to tell you turned me off from volunteering so much for overtime. It was during the Earthquake in Haiti. The schedule changed we started out with 2 12 hour shifts. We did that for about 3 days. Then we went to 3 eight hour shifts. for the next 3 weeks. The Red Cross was there helping get people set up.
I remember when I heard about the Earthquake in Haiti. I was in the Middle of getting a tattoo, when he called to let me know that I was going to start that next morning. I was supposed to be off that weekend. My ex-wife and her daughter were there with me I was getting a cover up. I had what was a golden broken heart. It looked like a yellow broken heart. I got it after a break up years before. Since, I was married and happy for a bit I thought I might cover it up. The pitiful heart was changed into a beautiful blue rose with my ex-wifes daughters name underneath. I still have it do I want to change it? No, it is now a reminder to me to take things slow. Stop rushing everything.