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Folks, there is no hiding from it:  The Transportation Security Administration is a joke.

In some ways, that was the whole idea from the get-go.  You see, the TSA isn’t in the business of actually securing the airports, seaports, and train stations that it purports to protect.  Instead, these blue-shirted buffoons are considered “security theater”, officially, and are in place simply to give the appearance that we are safer now than we were 18 years ago.

This should be common sense, and I can prove it:

The next time you’re staring down a line of TSA agents, imagine them wearing police or military garb.  Does it seems that these folks would look out of place with any real authority?

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Then, after that terrifying thought experiment, picture these agents sprinting and tackling an armed subject.  I have a feeling that you won’t have too many agents in your immediate vicinity who look up to that task.

So I ask you, what are these Skymall Cops really doing?

The answer is stealing your stuff.

A TSA agent convicted of stealing more than $800,000 worth of goods from travelers said this type of theft is “commonplace” among airport security. Almost 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers since 2003.

Pythias Brown, a former Transportation Security Administration officer at Newark Liberty International Airport, spent four years stealing everything he could from luggage and security checkpoints, including clothing, laptops, cameras, Nintendo Wiis, video games and cash.

Speaking publicly for the first time after being released after three years in prison, Brown told ABC News that he used the X-ray scanners to locate the most valuable items to snatch.

“I could tell whether it was cameras or laptops or portable cameras or whatever kind of electronic was in the bag,” he said.

Brown often worked alone, screening luggage behind the ticket counters. He was frequently told the overhead surveillance cameras, installed to prevent theft, were not working.

“It was so easy,” he said. “I walked right out of the checkpoint with a Nintendo Wii in my hand. Nobody said a word.”

And this information came to us in 2012…how in the world are we still employing these goons to make it look like we’re safe?

Remember this the next time that an agent arbitrarily decides that they would like to grope your genitals, against your will, with the rule of law on their side.

 

 

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