WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

An ex-TSA agent's story (and be sure to read the TSA slang!)

Continuing our discussion of Transportation Security Administration practices, read this account from an ex-TSA agent:

"Dear America, I Saw You Naked: And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent".

And be sure to read the sidebar box of TSA lingo.


Posted at 7:36am on February 12, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 7:43am
AllanLoudell: You always drive. What's your sudden interest in the TSA?

Allan Loudell
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 8:36am
Fair question, Bill.

I just don't blog about subjects that directly affect me.

Furthermore, just the general idiocy that has pervaded TSA from the start. Incredible sums spent for substandard security. You yourself have said you get what you pay for.

In this case, incredibly expensive technology that is still substandard as this article attests, but poorly paid - and often bored - agents.

I have been talking about TSA - ever since its inception - with several people, including Joe Trento (for long-time Delawareans, the long-ago investigative reporter for The NEWS JOURNAL). Aviation security is one of his specialties.

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 8:49am
I'm not sure what the root problem is and no, I doubt it's a simple as government can't do anything right. Or even the pay scales for TSA screeners: Some companies pay comparable wages to their front-end people and provide outstanding customer service. Maybe a clue can be found in Philip Zimbardo's landmark "Stanford Prison Experiment." It explains why GIs abuse captives in the Middle East, why cops abuse suspects or even some guy just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and why TSA screeners abuse passengers.

But even though the TSA abuses are tantamount to school bullying, the abuses of citizens by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) rise to the level of human rights violations. And the response of the Department of Homeland Security (or non-response) is like something out of Kafka. You drive into Canada (and back). You drive within 100 miles of the border. The media have largely ignored this but you should look into some of the things that have happened to U.S. citizens in the same situation as you.
I suppose we should be grateful; they aren't throwing citizens into concentration camps like FDR. Or tossing media people who write critical stories into prison indefinitely and without trial like Lincoln.

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