The only difference between the TSA
and the way it was is the TSA
has been given a license to be dicks.
Don't believe me? TSA
agents can yank a pilots license if they want to. No due process, not really any chance for appeal. They can just take someone's career away if they don't like him/her.
I had three problems with TSA
in a short amount of time:
1. While going through with my camera, I like to put it one of the grey tubs. This has never been a problem up until this time one of the agents took my camera bag out of the tub and placed it on the belt UPSIDE DOWN. I take my bag back and tell him politely, "I'd really like to place it in a tub, I have an expensive camera in here and I want it to be protected." He replied with "We're not allowed to do that" and PULLED MY
BAG OUT OF MY
HANDS, and walked away with it. At the time I didn't know where, but needless to say I was pissed. I walk through and find out that he gave it to another agent to run through the ETD and do a hand search. They take everything out, and it ends up taking five times as long as it would to just run it through the belt. I had a talk with his supervisor.
2. I beeped once and I get called in and sit down. No exaggerating, the agent who was going to search me stood with his legs apart, hands on his hips and leaned into me. He was so close I actually had to sit back in the chair. He proceeds to go into the "This is a metal detecting wand, and when it beeps I'm going to have to do a hand search..." speech. I say "ok". He starts the speech over. I say ok again, and he says, and I wish I was kidding: "Sir, every time you talk I'm going to start this speech over." I had a talk to his supervisor.
3. One time an agent wouldn't let me go through without taking off my sweater. I could look through and see about five people that were wearing sweaters. I refused, and talked to her supervisor, who let me go through, and surprise, I didn't beep.
It's a facade. It's the ILLUSION of security, which I think is even worse. As an airline employee and former GSC I can say with confidence that they make no difference other than single handedly f'ing up the airline industry.
If you have problems, talk to the supervisor. At my home airport, the have a "customer service supervisor". They won't do anything, but at least venting to someone will make you feel better. Sadly, that's just about the only rights you have left.