TSA Puts Gags on Airline Ticket Agents
P. Jeffrey Black writes on The Washington Times' "Aviation Security" Blog:
In typical government fashion, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blaming somebody else for problems it created.More here.
As reported in USA Today, and shown on CNN this week, the TSA is telling airline ticket agents to keep their mouths shut and not to inform passengers that they are on the TSA terrorist watch list, or the airline they work for will be subject to a $25,000 fine if they do.
This seems to be a semantics word game TSA has been playing recently, especially after CNN reporter Drew Griffin reported that he found himself on the TSA's terrorist watch list soon after doing a report that was critical of the Federal Air Marshal Service.
When grilled by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee recently in a congressional hearing, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff stated, "It is not my understanding that the reporter was put on the list, he may share the name with someone who was put on . . . we do have circumstances where we have name mis-matches."
But wait, if there were "mis-matches" of the names, then Drew Griffin and all of the other passengers on the terrorist watch list wouldn't be complaining. The problem is, their names are matching the names on the watch list –– not mis-matching. If Secretary Chertoff cannot even understand this basic concept, then we are all in trouble.
Hat-tip: Homeland Stupidity