Jay Evensen: Yes, TSA agents really do make jokes about you

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  • Sorry Charlie! SLC, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    I recently flew out of the SL:C airport and the Tampa FL airport after losing my wallet and ID at the airport (yes I flew twice without any ID), the TSA was very polite and helpful despite my creating extra work for them as they had to do additional screenings. They were professional and kind throughout the process at both airports. In fact not only was the TSA polite and professional, so was the airport staff and the airline staff. I have a feeling you get the same attitude you give as is usually the case in life.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Feb. 7, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    I just went through airport security at Houston and Salt Lake City, and the experience was far superior in Salt Lake City. SLC used more effective and efficient methods, and were polite, too.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    With how they treat people in line... I can imagine how they act in the back room.

    I've learned from watching other people get into trouble to just be as cooperative as possible and do whatever they say. You don't want to tick-off a TSA agent. They can make your life miserable IF they want to.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 7, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    "Well, yeah, they do, and they’re laughing at you,"

    Trust me.... they don't need body scanners to need a reason to laugh at some of the travelling public. If some how seeing a body scan of me makes a TSA agent in a back room - laugh - I am really not all that concern. It hardly reflects bad on me... just saying.

    The funny thing is go to any beach or public pool in the summer time, you will see more revealing images live... if that is your thing.

    As someone who travels regularly, I find this whole thing way over blown. I would rather be scanned than a vehicle for some deranged psycho bent on changing the world to make a statement. But that is just me....

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    If they scanned most TSA agent's I have seen, I would be joking too.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    I read the politico piece and had to pick myself up off the floor when I read that the name of the company that manufactured the scanners is Rapiscan.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Maybe we should all fly naked, and have all TSA agents be naked too. At least there would be privacy equality. Right now we total privacy inequality. TSA sees all, we see nothing. It just isn't fair.

  • loneamerican SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    Anyone who does the kind of mind numbing repetitive work that the TSA does would make jokes about the people that come through, if only just to break the monotony. Give them a break. Using humor, even if sometimes crude, is a better release than cracking up and going postal.

  • JMerrill Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 1:52 p.m.

    TSA is dead. Just look at the TSA-Pre line, the line where your carry-ons get a quick scan and you walk through without taking off shoes, pulling out liquids, or any such nonsense. More and more people qualify for TSA-Pre -- I got it last week for being a new ff on USAirways. I had it all last year for being a Delta ff. And now I have Global Entry, which most anyone can get and which qualifies you for TSA-Pre on any airline. Pretty soon most people will be zipping through TSA-Pre, leaving the regular screening to occasional vacationers and LDS missionaries. Occasional travelers because they won't bother registering, and missionaries because they are young people flying on one-way tickets purchased just a few days before the flight.

    TSA never stopped a thing. You can still carry the same size knife the terrorists used through TSA. What stops any repeat of 9/11 is three things: secure cockpit doors, armed pilots, and a vigilant public. Try creating a fuss on any flight and immediately a bunch of passengers will jump on you and help the flight attendants duct-tape you to your seat.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Chaffetz was right.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Looking at the job they have to do, and the people going through security, and the stuff they bring with them, they pretty much have to laugh. It's a natural, human response. I laugh just going through the line myself.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 6, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz says the machines don't work. That's good enough for me. By golly, let's junk 'em. Then we enjoy standing in line to be sniffed by dogs.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 6, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    This is the Law of Unintended Consequenses playing itself out before our eyes. The rightful person to blame is Osama Bin-Laden and his more or less sucessful 9/11 Terror Campaign. The TSA is the unfortunate love child of the 9/11 event. Sadly this is the world we live in now. In the 1990 Movie "Total Recall", 11 years before 9/11, they had full body scanners too and they couldn't stop Arnold S from escaping to Mars neither. One needs to weigh the loss of privacy against the hundreds of loaded hand guns confiscated from passagers over the last 12 years. Phase II of the 9/11 Attacks was aimed at the West coast. I am glad the First Interstate Bank in Downtown L.A. is still here. Hollywood Extraterrestial Aliens and Global Warming can zap it to their hearts content but Al Queada and their ilk a BIG NO !!!

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 6, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    In fairness to TSA, when you give someone that much power and control, it will always get abused. We the people must rule and govern ourselves instead of bankrupting ourselves by putting security at every possible check point.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    The Government is involved and we are surprised ,