The TSA…

I guess to some degree we are all guilty of passing judgment on others just because of the kind of job they do.  If not in the present, at some point in our lives we’ve done it.  But some people take it too far.  What happened to love thy neighbor and treat people how you want to be treated?  What happened to that old saying agree to disagree?  I can give hundreds of examples of what I am talking about, but I will save those for another time.  Right now I want to talk about something specific, and it hits close to home – How we, as the public, treat TSA Agents at the airport.

My love is a TSA Agent.  I am pretty sure at one point he liked his job.  It could have been that he really liked the crew he was working with at the time or maybe it was before the harshness of society got to him.  Either way, it makes me sick to hear how people treat someone who is just doing a job.   And it makes me sad to see how much life gets sucked out of him day, after day, after day.

I know there is a stigma that is attached to people who hold security type jobs – they’re dumb, this is the best they can do, they’re lazy, etc. – but in reality it’s the exact opposite.  They are ex-military, or former tech industry employees who fell victim to the crash of 2008, they are college graduates and they are people with feelings.

What makes you think it’s ok to belittle, threaten and flat out disrespect these people?  What makes you think you are better than them just because of the type of work they do to provide for themselves and in most cases their families?  What makes it OK to stare someone down while they take a five minute bathroom break or demand they give you special treatment because for some reason you feel you are above the rules?  Rules put in place by the Federal Government, not them.

I get it, you don’t want to pay the airline’s ridiculous fees for checked bags, but how is that a TSA agent’s fault?  You are embarrassed because you forgot that bottle of water in your bag and now you’re holding up the line of 400 people behind you, but how is that a TSA agent’s fault?

What I am saying is for most of us there are guidelines we have to follow at work.  For me, I’m in the insurance industry and there are times where I have to tell someone what they don’t want to hear.  It’s not personal.  It’s my job.  I happen to really like what I do, but that doesn’t mean I agree with every decision made by the company I work for.  I try to deliver the information in the nicest, most empathetic way possible, but you can trust that I’m on the other end of the phone just as uncomfortable as you are.

As for my guy, it breaks my heart to see him come home beat up because someone else felt the rules shouldn’t apply to them.  He’s a good man who is working hard trying to provide for his family.  He’s not a liar or a cheat and he isn’t living off of the system.  I am proud of the man he is.

The next time you travel, try to remember a little kindness and patience will get you a long way and you’ll get more bees with honey than vinegar.  These people are just doing their job, if you don’t like the rules take it up with our government.  And please stop taking it out on the men and women who are trying to keep you safe.

Have a beautiful day – Carlye

(PS I realize some people will hate regardless, some probably for justified reasons.  I respect your opinion, please respect mine.)

#TSA #USA #bekind

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