Yet another TSA agent charged with child porn

by Lisa Simeone on September 13, 2012


This is getting so routine I should keep a template so I can just fill in the blanks.

Another TSA agent has been charged with child pornography: Andrew Smeal, who worked at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. He started working for the TSA two months ago. Wonder how many molestations — er, I mean “enhanced patdowns” — he’s performed.

Think he’s an anomaly? Think again.

We have Jose Salgado from Boston Logan, Michael Scott from Baltimore-Washington International, this charming guy, an entire team of gropers and screamers, and a whole bunch of others. And those are only the ones we’ve found out about. You’ll forgive me if I can’t keep track.

All that doesn’t, of course, include the bulliers, harassers, and assaulters of adults.

What does TSA chief John Pistole have to say about all this? Who knows? His contempt for the traveling public only goes on display during Congressional testimony (when he bothers to show up) or in the pages of newspapers.

And when all else fails, he and the rest of his team can always repeat their time-honored phrases: “proper procedures were followed” or “this individual was screened in accordance with standard procedures.”

Don’t you know by now, fellow travelers? It’s always your fault.

Families with children and families with special needs, now boarding!

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Pink Sherbet Photography)

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