TSA Employee Reveals Airport Security Secrets

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…one of the officers in our class asked him to tell us, off the record, what he really thought about the machines.

“They’re shit,” he said, shrugging. He said we wouldn’t be able to distinguish plastic explosives from body fat and that guns were practically invisible if they were turned sideways in a pocket.

Rumpus contributor Jason Edward Harrington has an exposé up at Politico in which he tells all about his time as a TSA employee working the security line at the Chicago O’Hare airport.

Are they really perving on female passengers and confiscating liquids for no reason? Yup—it’s every bit as bad as you thought, maybe even worse.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →