Every time I fly, I find myself more and more irritated with the way TSA officials treat passengers. Like, last time I flew from Newark to Fort Lauderdale, a TSA agent barked commands at parents of newborn twins, ordering them to take off the babies' jackets, "shoes, too!" Those poor parents, I thought. As if traveling with your young children wasn't stressful enough! But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Many people think the TSA is out of control, and now, a restaurant either in or near (sources have said both) the Seattle-Tacoma Airport is making a statement by refusing service to TSA agents.
A restaurant employee named K.C. McLawson told consumer advocate site Elliot.org:
My boss flies quite a bit and he has an amazing ability to remember faces. If he sees a TSA agent come in we turn our backs and completely ignore them, and tell them to leave. Their kind aren't welcomed in our establishment. A large majority of our customers -- over 90 percent -- agree with our stance and stand by our decision. We even have the police on our side and they have helped us escort TSA agents out of our cafe. Until TSA agents start treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve, then things will change for them in the private sector.
Wow ... I am all for better treatment of passengers and standing up to TSA agents who are known to be disrespectful or to have committed illegal acts. But it's kind of wild that this restaurant is going to the extent of refusing them service just because of what they do for a living. Not ALL TSA agents must be out of control and deserving of this, right?
Isn't there just another way, a better, more sensible way that the "boss" at this restaurant can demonstrate his displeasure with the TSA? Maybe by getting involved in local Seattle government or talking it over with the big guys at the airport?
Something has to be done, but I don't think refusing to serve the TSA is going to really make a difference. It will probably just aggravate them so they're even more prone to scowl at you as you show them your boarding pass. And in the end, they'll probably just stop attempting to go to this particular cafe. It's not like Subway or McD's or any other chain restaurant, of which there are probably a bazillion nearby, is going to turn away a paying customer because they object to the way they do a patdown.
What do you think -- will this restaurant's refusal to serve TSA agents make a difference in how they treat passengers?
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