Honolulu TSA manager fired, rehired, twice

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As we’ve reported many times, while you’re being separated from your belongings and getting your private parts groped, because you’re obviously too dangerous to be let onto a plane otherwise, much of the luggage and cargo are still going into the hold unscreened.

It was unscreened luggage that got 36 TSA employees in trouble at Honolulu International Airport in 2011. In a rare burst of responsibility, the TSA fired those employees.

Well, at least one of them is back. For a second time.

TSA manager Raymond Ware was let go — twice — and rehired — twice. So he’s back to collecting his $89,000 annual salary. He had sued for wrongful termination.

Over at Jaunted, they calculate that Ware has by now collected almost a million bucks in back pay. And he’s not the only one:

Honolulu’s former Federal Security Director Glen Kajiyama, who was also fired by the TSA, won a financial settlement and federal retirement benefits in July, according to his attorney, Elbridge Smith. Kajiyama’s settlement amount was kept secret, according to terms of the deal with the TSA, Smith said.

Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Adam Myers also appealed his dismissal.  In July, Myers settled his case for an amount of money that must remain secret as part of the settlement agreement, according to Myers’ lawyer, Todd Withy.

Last October, former TSA manager Olivier Jodloman was reinstated to his old job by an administrative judge.

As I love to say, folks, your tax dollars at work!

Look, I don’t know if any of these people were, in fact, wrongfully terminated. And I never will. Neither will anyone else. And of course it’s possible that the higher-ups are more to blame and are scapegoating their underlings, something that goes on in workplaces everywhere (though the people named in this article are all managers).

What I do know is that the TSA’s practices are ineffective and abusive, its management dismissive and out of touch.

The TSA is a charade. It exists only to make people “feel” safer. We have provided evidence for this assertion hundreds of times at this blog, and we aren’t the only ones who’ve done it.

  • RB

    The Civil Service Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) decisions are public record. I have tried to post the web page a couple of times now and the post won’t complete.

    Try www and initials of the Board. + .gov.

  • nveric

    Is there a better way to fly?
    Is there a better way to screen passengers?
    Do passengers need screening?

    • nveric, rhetorical questions? Or sincere?

      For over 50 years we’ve flown in this country without anyone bringing a bomb onto a plane — and that includes 9/11, when no bombs were brought onto planes — and without being scanned, stripped, or groped. We walked through metal detectors and occasionally got wanded. Nobody was sticking their hands down our pants, pawing our hair and genitalia, detaining us in glassed-in gulags, or separating us from our belongings and stealing from us. Yet magically, planes weren’t being blown out of the sky left and right.

      Go back to walk-through metal detectors only. No strip-search scanning. No groping. No touching of any kind. Have a nice flight.

      • nveric

        As with other web sites, it seems they are there to offer “venting of frustrations” only.

        Our system of government requires more citizen participation than it gets. YES, it takes time and effort to build the required numbers to be effective, but this crap shoot of elections, “hoping our candidate wins and hoping he/she does the right thing” wastes too much time.

        Boycotting flying would be extremely effective. I hear the counter arguments already. Some may be valid. However, the lack of citizen cohesion shows a great fault, and shows where power is not being exploited.

        Citizen cohesion, or shared view applies to many other issues. Why? Well, its lack is in part from the consumer ethic requiring the grab for all the bucks one can get and hold. Personal needs are one thing, wants another. How people get these is one issue, while whether the wants are worthwhile is another.

        People should evaluate what they’re doing to obtain the things they want. Is getting those things all that important? Are the things desired necessary?

        Questioning ourselves in what we do and what we want is very powerful in finding the weak points in this system called the USA. Dismissing new ideas quickly is unwise. Adapting is a strong element people have, and so is using the opposition’s strengths to your advantage.

        • nveric, yes, that’s why we provide and have for the past two years provided so many facts, statistics, and empirical evidence on this blog. We do much more than “vent.” And why we have offered suggestions and solutions so many times, including boycotting flying. One example:
          http://tsanewsblog.com/5431/news/de-profundis-clamavi-or-why-we-can-talk-till-were-blue-in-the-face-but-until-we-put-our-money-where-our-mouth-is-we-wont-get-rid-of-the-tsa/

          Another example:
          http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/

          • nveric

            OK, I’m trying to get up to speed.

            WeMeantWell has venters, and when asked to do more, silence or I’m only a venter were the replies.

            Fermenting a revolution does take time. And, with the word revolution given a bad name over the centuries, the slow easy approach takes more time. However, I consider a revolution of some sort past due here in the US.

            Peaceful and nonviolent revolution is possible, that is with a real change, with a new constitution. Consider Regional government. Regional governments will disburse the centralized Nationalistic government we have now. As the Civil War ended one type of slavery, another one started immediately. Nationalism rose from the ashes of war. To save the Union, the Republic died, and Nationalism became the Empire of today. Shocking is that word Empire, but an examination will lead to conclusion. This Empire must be ended. Besides the delusions it promotes and maintains, it enables the income disparities which are destabilizing in themselves. In time, it will fall as all Empires do.

        • Paul Vario

          oh boy I can already hear a certain someone crying “don’t shame me for flying”…

          • nveric

            People must do what they need to do. Continual grumbling while going through airports is what good customers do.

            People are customers of the airlines. People are customers of the government. Feedback is required.

            Risk taking is inherent in Capitalism, so risk taking while flying is a given. Freedom in this context would require a freer way to fly. It’s inefficient to make people go through these checkpoints and be overly examined when the risk of a plane being used as a weapon is extremely remote. For society, the burden harms our national economy by wasting people’s time spent in these checkpoints. The same can be said for any other situation where time is being wasted in inefficient activities. Business people must see the inefficiency and waste of these examinations.

  • Chris Bray

    EIGHTY FUCKING NINE THOUSAND FUCKING DOLLARS A FUCKING YEAR!?!?!?

    GED-optional underwear sniffing is a surprisingly lucrative line of work.

    • $89,000 plus benefits.

      • Chris Bray

        http://www.tsa.gov/careers/pay-bands

        http://www.tsa.gov/careers/benefits

        (Commenter unable to continue due to loss of consciousness)

        • Chris, thanks. This is brilliant — and hilarious!

      • Chris Bray

        Yes, uh, I was on my way down to the police station to register as a sex offender, and, uh, I was thinking about my future, because things are hard when you’re a high school dropout with a criminal record. But then I stopped for a pizza, and I saw the most wonderful advertisement on the box, and today I am a respectable and highly compensated federal sort-of officer. Hey, this thing looks like pepper spray, let’s see what happens when I press this AAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH.

        • Daisiemae

          This is what happens when you have lightning rods in your underwear.