One of the important things to remember when you are receiving that special hands-on once-over from an overworked and underpaid TSA agent at the airport this holiday season is that they don't like touching your crotch any more than you do. They really, really hate it. To death. Over at TechDirt, Mike Masnick noted that in the days before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, TSA agents weren't shy about their dislike of the pat-downs:
One of the common themes that people keep mentioning in talking about the new TSA pat down procedures is that those involved must "enjoy" the groping they're giving people. But, of course, most TSA agents are normal every day people who don't actually want to grope random people. Chris Tolles points us to a post from BoardingArea.com, who reached out to some TSA agents and found that many TSA agents hate the new rules and find it to be sapping morale to have to grope passengers. Some of it appears to be the verbal abuse they're getting from travelers, but some of it is just the fact that they have to keep touching people they'd rather not touch in that way:
"It is not comfortable to come to work knowing full well that my hands will be feeling another man's private parts, their butt, their inner thigh. Even worse is having to try and feel inside the flab rolls of obese passengers and we seem to get a lot of obese passengers!"
Because, from time to time, we must take a moment to share some laughter -- commonly referred to as "the best medicine" from people without access to affordable health care -- I direct your attention to Andy Cobb of Second City's "The Partisans," who tells the Story Of Junk Touching from the point of view of the TSA.