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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
What TSA screeners said
Screener from Boston Logan International Airport, on the cooperation from airlines and the upcoming option of airports going back to private screeners or using their own workforces.
"I would get rid of the good old boys. That's the only thing that is wrong. You have a wealth of good people who are being pushed away."
"Why did we go from the original private company to government? Because previous management was bad. Most of the managers we have are from the old company. We are just changing names."
"With people killing themselves with overtime, what kind of shape are they in? ... It's particularly important here because we're looking for bombs."
"It's kind of like I am in a place where I don't know the rules. The people who manage me know the rules and I keep running in circles."
"We're not speaking out because we're doing a half-ass job here, but we're speaking out because we want to make sure DIA is safe."
"And I was only there for six months."
"That is basically the way the TSA worked, worry about the small insignificant things and ignore the rest."
"They would change the rules every day about what was prohibited or what wasn't prohibited."
"You might have someone say, 'That looks like a gun.' You might have another that says it looks like a banana."
"I did the prudent thing and ran off."
A passenger screener at Portland International Airport
"We didn't report major breaches ... we're either doing security or pretending. And to me, we're pretending."
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