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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 01:57 PM

TSA chief warns of staffing shortages at airport checkpoints

Source: The Hill

The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reportedly warning that 131 of the largest airports in the U.S. will likely face staffing shortages this month, as air travel begins to pick up amid the nation's COVID-19 recovery.

The Washington Post reported that acting TSA Administrator Darby LaJoye cautioned the staffing shortages in a memo to employees on May 30, while also asking office workers to volunteer to help at airport checkpoints.

The volunteers, according to the May 30 memo obtained by the Post, would be expected to work for up to 45 days. They would likely help manage queues and aid with administrative tasks since they are not permitted to screen passengers.

"With this increase in volume, TSA must maintain operational readiness and ensure that the screening workforce is available to perform screening functions," LaJoye wrote in the memo, according to the Post.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tsa-chief-warns-of-staffing-shortages-at-airport-checkpoints/ar-AAKRUsU?li=BBnbfcQ&ocid=hplocalnews



Get there early if you have a flight.

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Reply TSA chief warns of staffing shortages at airport checkpoints (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 9 OP
KG Jun 9 #1
cstanleytech Jun 9 #5
OneCrazyDiamond Jun 9 #2
bucolic_frolic Jun 9 #3
IronLionZion Jun 9 #4
AZLD4Candidate Jun 9 #6
IronLionZion Jun 9 #7
AZLD4Candidate Jun 9 #10
PerceptionManagement Jun 9 #8
AZLD4Candidate Jun 9 #11
irisblue Jun 9 #9
ArizonaLib Jun 9 #13
ForgoTheConsequence Jun 9 #12

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 02:30 PM

1. biggest terror threat is homegrown.

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Response to KG (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:21 PM

5. Yes and it operates under the name of the Republican party.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 02:36 PM

2. Damned unemployment benefits.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 02:41 PM

3. Every business says they're hiring

but the employment numbers from employers say something else. This from Steve Van Metre video earlier this week. I think companies know demand is soft from flagging aggregate payrolls and the end of stim checks, so they're treading lightly with a positive corporate spin on hiring. Everything's fine here, come on in and buy, and have an interview while you're here.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:02 PM

4. Maybe if TSA screened for weapons instead of skin color

the lines might move faster They temporarily paused a lot of their frisky pat downs last year because of COVID and we didn't see more problems.

TSA and ICE are 2 of the most hated agencies badly in need of major reforms.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:37 PM

6. Maybe if the 4th amendment applied to the TSA.

I was told in LAX that the 4th amendment is irrelevant in airports during *'s administration after I goosestepped my way through their checkpoints.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:32 PM

7. Or sexual assault laws

they have immunity from any of those charges of course.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:51 PM

10. Can't argue. 1/5 are reported. 1/5 of those go to trial. 1/5 of those are convicted

and the sentencing are different among racial and social class lines.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:33 PM

8. Shorter TSA: "We will be rude, vulger and borline criminal but your wait will be longer"

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Response to PerceptionManagement (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:52 PM

11. And if you complain, you can go to secondary and be intimidated.

CBP does the same thing at the border. I will only answer two questions: "Are you an American citizen" which my passport proves, and "are you bringing anything back?"

Questions like "where are you going," "where do you live," "what did you do in (name the country)," and "what are doing in the US" I ignore or answer as vaguely as possible.

Where are you going - home
Where is home - (points toward my home) that way
Where is that way - the United States
What did you do in (country) - personal things

Then I get pulled into secondary.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:45 PM

9. Are TSA Staff government employees or like Halliburton, agency employees?

From the originating WaPo article-https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/06/09/tsa-checkpoints-summer-travel/

snip--Five of the nation’s largest airports were short at least one-tenth of their projected necessary staff: Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Denver International Airport, Dulles International Airport outside Washington, St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.


snip--"The agency has long struggled with retaining employees, with officers complaining of low pay and poor morale. The Biden administration has started a process designed to tackle those problems.

Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced steps to strengthen the officers’ union, saying he would approve new collective bargaining rights and provide officers a new system to appeal personnel decisions — protections most other federal employees already have. He also said he supported the desire of officers to be fairly compensated."

more there.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:49 PM

13. Thank you! Private contractor's problem!!!

Not a TSA issue that they could do anything about except withhold payments.


Are we still paying for the same service with less service provided?

If those employees had been TSA employees wouldn't they still be receiving payroll checks or is the privatized service company taking government contract money while they don't pay people to do the service? If so, this doesn't save the government money.

If the private contractors are still receiving full contract payments, have they done for their people what the government would have done for them or do the excesses go toward ownership cash hoarding?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:10 PM

12. You get what you pay for.

Security theater, poverty wages, and rude passengers are a bad mix. I wouldn't be happy if I were getting shit on by entitled brats all day for 14.00 an hour, either.

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