Confessions of a Former TSA Agent

In case you needed any confirmation that the TSA was intrusive, shameful, and useless … here you go. A former TSA agent, Jason Edward Harrington, who had been anonymously posting insider information on his blog, just came out of the shadows to re-confirm what we have all suspected for quite some time.

Apparently, the TSA knew all along that their profiling, scanning, and groping amounted to little more than a waste of taxpayer time and money. TSA agents really were gawking at your naked pictures and laughing or lusting.

And yet the TSA was defended and funded nonetheless. Year after year. And all the while, average American citizens were told that all of this useless waste and immoral intrusion was “for their safety.”

I recommend you read the whole article on Politico, but an excerpt here should suffice:

I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying.


Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group—a young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that his homecoming champagne had to be taken away in the name of national security.

The bottom line is that completely ending the TSA would do little other than (perhaps) make us feel a little less safe. This parade of absurdity we’ve been putting up with for over a decade needs to stop. Yesterday.