TSA Management, Power Abusing Morons and an Aid to Terror

January 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm 7 comments

Today I would like to discuss the type of Security Management that is in charge of the TSA at your airport. At every airport you have a hierarchy of management, the first is the FSD (Federal Security Director) the second is the AFSD (Assistant Security Director) and third are the Screening/Security Managers. Together they make up a group of idiots whom will one day destroy aviation. My experiences with them from my time at CVG (Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky Airport) have been nothing more than seven years of mind numbing futility.

I’ll start with the FSD. This person is nothing more than a Politician who has absolutely know clue about what is going on at their airport. They feel they have the power to ignore TSA policy and create what is known as “Local Policy” . A perfect example is of the time he decided that along with laptops, he wanted passenger to remove all electronic items from their bags and placed into a bin for screening. This was implemented on a Monday morning. It brought screening to a stand still and was a nightmare for everyone. We the screening force were told  this policy came down from Washington. Most of us knew better so we sent emails to H.Q. to see if this was true. It was in fact a lie and within a week the special screening of electronics mysteriously stopped.   The FSD see’s the airport and everyone in it as his personal Kingdom.

The next group are the AFSD’s. There are normally a couple different people in the airport who hold this title. Each directs different parts of the screening force but like the FSD also have no clue about what is going on. We have had some whom  been granted the position as a means to fill their requirements for retirement. These are people who could care less about your security and if screening is carried out correctly. Basically their job is to stand around wearing suits and intimidate screeners.

The last group is the real cream of the crap. They are the Screening Managers. There are only a couple of managers I have worked for that truly are looking out for your safety and to improve screening. The others are there to make your life a living hell. They typically have zero management skills and are placed in the position because of favoritism. CVG has been through many screening managers over the years and it is not because they were promoted. It is because of abuse of power. We have had managers who have had relations ships with screeners (a violation of policy) Managers who have lied about overtime on government time sheets, Managers who will completely disregard the SOP and TSA Policy because they believe they are right and the list goes on. These are the people who you as passengers will meet if there is a problem or concern.

You may ask yourself, how can some like this get into a Management position. Well like all other promotions with in the TSA they promoted based on who you know, not what you know. I have seen people with 20 years of management experience passed over for someone with no experience what so ever. There has been several instances where a person whom can not pass yearly re certification test will be promoted over someone who has passed it. These are people who are making decisions about potentially dangerous circumstances that could affect you flight. These are the people who have a large part in what the TSA is today.



Entry filed under: The Truth.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AngryMiller  |  January 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The way DHS/TSA were created led to much of what you see in TSA upper management. People who were in dead end jobs at other government agencies jumped ship to be in on the ground floor of a fast growing organization. Some of those folks had been dead ended because of their performance issues, but when they joined up with DHS/TSA all was forgiven because they were the spear point of the US efforts in keeping the airborne terrorists at bay.

    Wish that some true professionals had started up DHS/TSA with the intent of staffing the management areas in it properly. We probably wouldn’t have seen lately.

  • 2. sean5294  |  January 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    That is very true.

  • 3. TheGodcuzzin'  |  January 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Big doings down by us. We have a new FSD, who in the past was with a Sheriff’s department under investigation since he was there. Now, he has his team of merry men and women. A carefully compiled group of drunks (proven recipients of DWI’s DUI’s, etc.), those addicted to “prescription” medications, and also thise that behave in some type of behavior (sexual activities on desks after hours-ours is not a 24/7 airport). Yet it is like you said, it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Or in case of the last instance-who you blow!
    I’d like to think that most of us do the best job we can, but when TSM’s AFSD’s, and others at the hierarchy micro manage what we do daily, it interferes with our abilities ot do our jobs. I have a simple theory about that. If I have to micromanage people, then I don’t need them, as I can do the job myself. Yet, not one person I have spoke of has that ability! In fact, one genuis TSM actually came up to me (this after asking me if I “frosted my hair”-told him the correct vocabulary he was looking for was HIGHLIGHTS-which I don’t! I’m 46 y/o and my hair is going gray!) and he told me that he has an I.Q. of 146. In front of my peers (TSO’s & LTSO’s), I responded “What? Is that out of a 1,000?”

    • 4. sean5294  |  January 27, 2010 at 7:08 am

      It is the same way at CVG. I think it is just a matter of time until there is a total collapse of the TSA.

      • 5. AngryMiller  |  January 27, 2010 at 7:25 am

        Hmmm, so one guy gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, gets arrested and begins spilling his guts on the others as well, causing a collapse of management? Good.

        Set the feds loose on those folks. The IRS and DEA are both pretty good places to begin. They would be too occupied to yank anyone around while the investigations run.

  • 6. justadrone  |  February 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Our screening mgrs were barely literate. The one I remember best was reading survey results saying things like in the area of employee satisfaction, 32% of screeners approved…….so uh, Benny doesn’t that mean that 68% disapproved?

    Most of them were airline people who were downsized and had clue about screening. And then the STSO’s who forgot what their jobs were and acted like they didn’t stink.

    There are so many bad apples that just stayed and stayed. I am glad that I don’t have to interact anymore.

    • 7. sean5294  |  February 25, 2010 at 11:23 am

      I hear ya. The TSA is really nothing more than a finley polished turd.


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