Two Philadelphia police officers joined at least four TSA officers who had gathered around her. After conferring with the TSA screeners, one of the Philadelphia officers told her he was there because her checks were numbered sequentially, which she says they were not.
“It’s an indication you’ve embezzled these checks,” she says the police officer told her. He also told her she appeared nervous. She hadn’t before that moment, she says.
She protested when the officer started to walk away with the checks. “That’s my money,” she remembers saying. The officer’s reply? “It’s not your money.”
It’s shit like this that makes the TSA lose credibility when they say “it’s all in the name of national security!”. No it’s not; at the low level it’s in the name of job security. Every worker that wants to advance his or her career has to show output, and the only measurable output a TSA officer has is number of “bad guys” nabbed. Whether they are terrorists or not is irrelevant.