Biggest Threat to Security? Slackers

No new rules would be needed if people would stop slacking off
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 12:42 PM CST
Air travelers and their carry on luggage is are screened by TSA employees before boarding aircraft Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – The recent lapses in US security highlight one thing and one thing only: “Certain people just need to stop slacking off,” writes Dan Pashman. Everyone knows there are some jobs where slacking off is okay (NBA player, fast-food worker, secretary of the Interior), but there are others—say, any time “your job is to make sure nobody dies”—where you just have to keep it together, writes Pashman in Vanity Fair.

“If you’re the person at the National Counter-Terrorism Center who gets the call from the US Embassy in Nigeria about a guy who wants to blow up a US-bound plane, it’s probably best not to let that guy on a US-bound plane, you slacker,” Pashman continues. And that's just one recent example. (Remember the DC party crashers?) "Clearly, there is a breakdown in the Rule of Job Slackability." If President Obama wants to improve airport security, he should "give some federal employees in unslackable jobs a firm kick in the rear. Because if you’re the president, you cannot slack off.”

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