How TSA Agents Really Feel About Touching Your Balls

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Burning hatred for the TSA is easy populism. And they keep making it easier. But how do the men and women of the TSA really feel about what they have to do? Seventeen of them speak their mind.

Here's a few of the comments agents told Flying With Fish. One says:

"It is not comfortable to come to work knowing full well that my hands will be feeling another man's private parts, their butt, their inner thigh. Even worse is having to try and feel inside the flab rolls of obese passengers and we seem to get a lot of obese passengers!"

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And another, from a veteran now working at the TSA:

"I served a tour in Afghanistan followed by a tour in Iraq. I have been hardened by war and in the past week I am slowly being broken by the constant diatribe of hateful comments being lobbed at me. While many just see a uniform with gloves feeling them for concealed items I am a person, I am a person who has feelings. I am a person who has served this country. I am a person who wants to continue serving his country. The constant run of hateful comments while I perform my job will break me down faster and harder than anything I encountered while in combat in the Army."

There's far more over at Flying With Flsh, but it's something to keep in mind this week while traveling—while you totally have the right to be angry about security theater, you don't have to be a prick about to the people just doing their jobs, either. [Flying With Fish via BoingBoing]

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"While many just see a uniform with gloves feeling them for concealed items I am a person, I am a person who has feelings. I am a person who has served this country. I am a person who wants to continue serving his country."

I wonder if that ex-soldier thought about that when he was shooting at people in other countries. How can you dish out deadly force and not be able to tolerate verbal dissapproval?

I'm not anti U.S. military, I have nothing against this soldier or any others. I just have no respect for the TSA employees. If they don't like doing what they are doing or feel it is wrong, they can and should move onto another job.