TSA has one job: to keep dangerous items outside of security checkpoints. That alone doesn’t make us safe, as Brussels and Istanbul airport attacks before security screening made clear. And the TSA isn’t very good at it in any case, regularly missing 90% or more of dangerous items they screen.
At a minimum, though, you’d expect that the TSA itself wouldn’t be the one bringing guns in, but a Phoenix airport screener failed to get that memo bringing a loaded gun through a checkpoint there.
The TSA reports that the screener, who was caught, “has not performed security screening duties since that time” and that they are “evaluating what action will be taken against the employee.” Their statement itself disproves the claim that TSA
holds its employees to the highest standards of professional conduct. When an employee fails to uphold these standards, TSA takes swift and appropriate action.
After all, the employee brought a gun through a checkpoint:
- and is still being paid (action is neither decisive nor has the employee been held to the highest standard)
- and the TSA hasn’t decided what to do (therefore action isn’t swift).
Over 20,000 TSA employees have been accused of misconduct. Half of those have been accused of misconduct multiple times. Yet each time we’re told these are merely a few bad apples who in no way undermine the hard work that thousands of men and women at the TSA do to keep us safe, day in and day out.