TSA Agents 'Laugh' at Nude Images
Flirting, clowning is typical in screening rooms: blogger
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 4:27 PM CST
A 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)

(Newser) – 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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Dec 28, 2012 3:20 PM CST
You can complain all you want about TSA rules and how ridiculous (and intrusive) the procedures are going through airport security, but there is one thing and one thing only that will make things change - empty seats on airplanes. If you really want to register a protest that will make a difference, stop flying. When enough people do that, you will see change. There is absolutely no point in complaining about the current rules and regulations. As long as you keep flying, you are wasting your breath and your time.
Dec 27, 2012 4:23 PM CST
at full mast I am a bit shy of 10". So I always pick the cutest agents line, raise it up and then go through the "inspection" funnier than hell
Dec 27, 2012 7:34 AM CST
I am ALWAYS "randomly" chosen for extra security and directed to walk through the back scatter machines, but I never have because I know the magic words: "I'm going to opt out." In the U.S., they cannot force you to walk through one of those. If you don't want to do it, then know your rights and say no. Sure, they'll make you stand off to the side surrounded by security like a criminal while they round up a couple of (in my case) female TSA agents, and sure, you still have to undergo a pretty awkward pat down, but this way, you can avoid the nude images AND the radiation. And if you don't want to be felt up in front of the other passengers, you can demand a private screening (which involves two TSA agents, one to do the pat down and one to make sure the first one doesn't molest you). I don't hate TSA agents. They have some of the shittiest jobs in the world. I blame the TSA for creating a work environment (hell, for creating a culture) where of course their employees are going to spend their days laughing at passengers' naked images. I mean, what would you do? Really?