THIS IS AN EDITORIAL I FOUND WRITTEN BY A SCREENER AT BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT. SOUNDS KIND OF LIKE THE SAME STUFF AT GRR. REMEMBER THE SCREENER COUNCIL? RODGER THE DODGER AND CO. NOT EVER WANTING TO ADDRESS "REAL" ISSUES CONCERNING SCREENERS. THE GROUP DISBANDED. THEN IT WAS REVIVED UNDER THE GUISE OF THE NEW AFSD. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPEND TO THAT ONE. ONCE AGAIN, NO REAL ISSUES RESOLVED AND THE PERSON WHO WAS CHARGED WITH REVIVING IT WAS HARRASSED TO THE POINT OF HAVING TO RESIGN OUT OF FEAR FOR HIS/HER JOB FOR TRYING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS FACING SCREENERS BECAUSE OF INEXPERIENCED AND INEFFECTIVE SUPERVISORS WITH INFLATED EGO'S.
Dear Screeners and Leads:
Heard about this being done early last week
when a screening manager came around to
ask the Supervisor to select a few specific
sceeners and Leads to appear at this hush-
hush MASSPORT Media room. Each selected
person seemed happy as a pig in mud, when
they were also told they'd naturally be paid
to go there. Something that doesn't occur
if one attends any monthly FSD meeting and
Not so subtle bribery attempt to co-opt
management desired positive answers from
those they also quietly selected, perhaps...?
We confirmed the actual matter that unfolded
here in that very hush-hush meeting today, when
we spoke with one of the Leads whom was invited.
Here's what occurred:
To help undermine any now public media articles
telling of unusually high [for a federal agency]
turnover rates at major airports, like Logan
International in Boston, Massachusetts and the
desire by more and more currently employed TSA
screeners to speak to the US media letting the
public know 'what' wrong at TSA headquarters
[management-wise]...the Dept of Homeland
Security Office of Inspector General's office
reps, is quietly visiting each US airport [to meet
with local TSA-management selected screeners
and Leads]...to gather information on 'how'
great things are with each of us.
At no point, is any screener or Lead whom ever
brought a major employee concern up at any
US airport meeting, in writing to their managers
or to TSA HQs, etc...getting invited to speak.
People with real concerns, our concerns mind
you...are being purposefully excluded to help
manipulate the results in favor of 'how'
management and TSA headquarters ran
Each covert visit is being held in locations
that any regular screener can't help but to
be intimidated by [thus, won't say what
really angers them so far over the course
of the past year...]. For example, every
monthly FSD Town Hall meeting is held in
Logan Airport's MASSPORT Media Room.
This is where local TSA managers asked
their self-selected 'unbiased and
independently speaking' screeners and Leads,
to sit down...one on one...and answer
numerous DHS/TSA orchestrated questions.
* Remember, local management quickly let
them know they'd "be paid for their time to attend",
rightafter asking them to attend a hush-hush
meeting a few days after they were each
The selected invitees, were offered up
several hours of loaded questions, designed
to get DHS/TSA friendly answers...not
answers that reveal the current level of
anger and frustration with 'how' Loy and
his staff, or our U.S. airport TSA staffs,
made employee harmful choices for the
last twelve months.
Looks and smells like a 'white-washed'
report full of the typical lies...oops, I mean,
'mis-information' which we poor souls that
don't work in TSA HQs...just can never seem
to get correct.
If any screener or Lead, offered their local
TSA managing team, FSD, or TSA HQs...any
to date ignored major employee group
concern, and weren't invited to this covert
DHS OIG, they should write the DHS OIG's
office and ask 'why' they were manipulated
out of the loop for what actually, to be fair...
should have been an 'Open-house' or 'Free to
speak our mind Town Hall forum', for gathering
real facts from unbiased screeners and Leads,
and in a naturally less intimidating environment.
Is anyone surprised by this?...
Just another reason to speak unofficially
about issues that anger so many whom work
as screeners and Leads.
As long as no screener or Lead, mentions
anything about SSI-like items, ie: training
procedures, testing procedures, 'how' they
perform their roles at work or anything about
their opinion of technology we all use performing
our duties...every other subject is reserved
as a constitutional "free speech' right.
That's it from here in Boston.