Waymon Hudson

TSA Plays Derogatory 'Jeopardy': More Fun in the Friendly Skies

Filed By Waymon Hudson | February 02, 2010 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: TSA, workplace discrimination

I'll take misogynistic, homophobic, racist crap for $100, Mr. Trebek...

CNN is reporting that the Transportation Security Administration has launched an investigation into a field office in Florida where supervisors used a game show-style crew assignment board to ridicule and keep score on "women, gays and other minorities":

The board, resembling the TV game show "Jeopardy," includes categories such as "pickle smokers," "our gang" and "creatures," which sources said were names used by managers for gay men, African-Americans and lesbians.


Talk about profiling.... Looking at the immature and sophomoric terms used, apparently the supervisors were all elementary school children. This is exactly what I want to be thinking about as I fly to Dallas today for Creating Change...

The TSA is conducting an investigation to see if the supervisors acted "appropriately." Let me save them the time, trouble, and bureaucracy- Hell No.

Most of you know I'm a former flight attendant. I was flying when the TSA came into being after 9-11 and have seen first hand the bumbles and stumbles along the way. Like in any organization or company, there are good employees and bad.

One has to look, however, at the atmosphere of an organization that would give the impression that a board like the one pictured would be acceptable, either as a sick "joke" or as a form of intimidation that would stop employees from reporting such behavior. And if this is the sensitivity they show each other, then how do they treat the diverse passengers who travel through their lines everyday.

Workplace actions like this don't happen in a vacuum. They are a symptom of a larger, systemic issue, one that needs to be taken seriously and dealt with quickly.

One thing is for sure, this pickle smoker will be looking twice as he goes through the security line today...

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You mean we can't find a pickle-smoking employee at the TSA, or even one or more African-Americans, who is willing to stand up and file a workplace harrassment complaint about this?

No, they leave it to the Trannies.

Any bets that some of the culprits in this case aren't gay, or African-American?

Once Plaintiff's gender transition was well underway and she was hormonally female and outwardly appearing as female she tried to discuss with [her Senior Officer In Charge (SAC)] her proposed use of the women's restroom as opposed to the men's. [The SAC] denied her request and refused to discuss it further, shouting "You are not a woman, you are a man!"

• [The SAC] refused to provide reasonable accommodations (shower/restroom) after Plaintiff returned from undergoing feminizing facial surgery (FFS) and was presenting as female on a full-time basis. He advised Plaintiff that unless it was an emergency she would have to leave the office and use restroom facilities at "Lester's Diner" -- located over a quarter mile away.

• [The SAC] Bauer advised Plaintiff that, after her Sex Reassignment Surgery ("SRS") was completed, he would decide whether she would be allowed to use female facilities.

• [The SAC] signaled to the other staff members that Plaintiff was fair game for harassment by displaying her picture to field staff and telling them that she was not going to come running to management to report harassment. Plaintiff understands, upon information, belief, and experience, that this has never been done to any other field office staff personnel.

• [The SAC] has continued to refer to Plaintiff in masculine terms, including in written documents he personally authored as late as April of 2009.

• [The Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ATSAC)] both witnessed and participated in the violation of Plaintiff's medical confidentiality and civil rights by providing to, and discussing with, other agency executive staff (SAC'S) and field office personnel Plaintiff's personal and medical information. [The ATSAC] admitted to this in an affidavit dated July 26, 2006.

• [The ATSAC] revealed and/or discussed with MFO staff such personal information as the effect of Plaintiff's transition upon her family (wife and daughter) and stated that Plaintiff was being selfish toward her daughter. [The ATSAC] also discussed the status of Plaintiff's genitals with other personnel. [The ATSAC] admitted to this in the July 26, 2006 affidavit, referenced above.

That goes a bit beyond what's scribbled on a whiteboard, wouldn't you say? Yet where's the outrage in GLB(t) circles?

Seriously - imagine if an African-American had been told he couldn't use the restrooms, as they were "whites only". Or a gay guy had had the status of his genitalia discussed with other personnel.

I don't want to get into the sterile game of "competitive victimology", but so much of the GLB(t) Human Rights ... Movement (I nearly said "Campaign") is utterly clueless as to how Trans people are routinely treated.

Now these bigots in Homeland Security have now done something egregiously awful to offend a group that someone listens to, sometimes. So maybe we can "ride on their coat-tails". Though of course many will object to that.

Pure raw hate towards LBGT individuals is not acceptable and should NEVER be permitted.

Sadly my Partner and I experienced extreme hate and harassment simply because we were LGBT. In my opinion, it was allowed because some of the harassers were non-Christians (Hindu religion from India).

We very strongly believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. Period!! We are both extremely tired of hearing that it is cultural and thus in some cases bigotry can be permitted.

I'm waiting until they find out just how the game is played. Did it involve harassing passengers or was it just something in the break room?

And the obligatory: these are the people Congress wants to have the power to look at us all naked? $#@*(#$(