Lots of folks have e-mailed me Seattle talker Ken Schram’s story, “Someone should be fired,” about Fort Lewis soldiers serving in an honor guard getting hassled by TSA while escorting the remains of a colleague home to Virginia last month:
I don’t think things can get more screwed up with airport security.
This isn’t about how investigators were able to smuggle liquid explosives and detonators past TSA screeners earlier this year.
It’s about the atrocious treatment endured by some Fort Lewis soldiers who were escorting the remains of a colleague home to Virginia earlier this month.
Brief background: On the tarmac, an honor guard had been formed by Port of Seattle Police, airport fire and rescue and military personnel as the soldier’s body was placed on the plane.
A police officer then took the escort soldiers up to security.
The TSA screener checked everyone’s ID, including the police officer, and then had the soldiers go through the metal detectors.
Their combat ribbons and medals set off the alarms.
So what does the TSA screener do?
He has the soldiers strip off their uniforms – in front of everyone – down to their tee shirts, pants and socks.
Will someone please tell me what the hell is wrong with these people?
You know I’ve reported plenty on TSA bungles, but before calling on anyone to get fired, I’d like to hear more about the incident. If any of you know more, drop a note with further details.