This story just drives me nuts.
The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals, including a supervisor, for allegedly drinking alcohol on a training day and suspending six others for not reporting the misconduct, the agency said Friday….The TSA told The Associated Press the drinking occurred at a restaurant in February and was reported to a website that allows employees to alert leadership of inappropriate behavior.
None of the marshals was scheduled for flight duty the day of the drinking. But the TSA said consumption of alcohol is forbidden anytime they are on the job….Some of the marshals at the restaurant had their service weapons with them, the agency said.
Look, I’m not impressed with their behavior. Still the devil is in the details. Were these armed Marshals getting shitfaced and dancing on the bar, or were just hoisting a few beers and enjoying their down time? Were all the officers armed?
Still I gotta say, not hearing any details implies to me that there isn’t much, and when you look at the behavior of the rank-and-file TSA screeners, this is just more abject stupidity from an agency that never should have been created in the first place!
DISBAND THE TSA!