Oh, boy. I wish I could’ve recorded my reaction to seeing this headline show up on my facebook feed. My eyes nearly popped out of my head and I released a string of cuss words that would make my grandma faint.
Listen, I don’t usually talk about the TSA or my opinions on them. I know they catch a lot of shit and roughly 0% of people in the world love going through the whole security process so it’s easy to blame them for a lot of things. I understand they have a job to reduce the risks of another terrorist attack and I am forever grateful for that. It is my safety and the safety of all my passengers at risk. But I go through security more than the average person and I’ve seen some shady shit. I’ve been made fun of and sexually harassed by more than one TSA agent. One even tried to steal my lunch claiming I wasn’t “allowed” to bring it through. Some of them are very nice and some of them are the kids from high school who can’t help themselves from enjoying picking on others just because they know they can. I’ve stood up for the TSA time and time again when my passengers were blasting them for what they experienced in security and I’ve always been as polite as I can be to them even when I could obviously tell they were disgusted at seeing yet another crew member getting “special” treatment.
But this. This is some grade-A fucked up hypocrisy. My body literally reeled and my heart began to race when I read through this article. I was completely taken over by fear I hadn’t realized I would ever have with this job. 9/11 is still fresh in the minds of every FA out there, even the ones (like myself) who weren’t working at the time it happened. I remember 9/11 so vividly and during inflight training we spent a whole two-days on this by watching videos of the crashes, hearing the recordings from the black boxes from the flights, hearing the last moments of people’s lives, and crying together knowing that we had to be prepared for something like this at all times. They didn’t sugar-coat it and I’m glad because I am always aware now that we flight attendants can never allow it to happen again.
There is going to be a lot of talk about this on the media I’m sure and there will be people proclaiming that this is a good step because the TSA is too strict these day and then there will people, like myself, who will be saying that out of all things this is what they’re letting slide through security? Being the only FA on my plane and being fully aware that the odds are almost entirely against me if things were to get deadly on my plane, this just makes my job all that more difficult. I understand that being a flight attendant is putting your life at risk everyday but it just sucks so much knowing that I’m going to now have to worry about crazy, angry passengers with pocket knives now on top of it all.