Seattle Restaurant Puts TSA Workers on “No-Eat” List
posted at 2:14 pm on February 23, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
Revenge, it is said, is a dish best served cold. In the case of certain TSA workers, it is a dish served not at all.
That’s the ruling from a restaurant near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which has made it a policy to deny service to agents of the Transportation Security Administration.
According to The Raw Story, the owner of the restaurant (which is unnamed in the article) is fed up with the way the TSA has treated its clientele. The owner himself is a frequent flier and, according to an employee who is quoted:
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.
The conduct of individual agents hasn’t helped the situation either. Last November, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received over 900 complaints about the actions of agents. Two agents were even arrested last week for stealing personal items valued at as much as $160,000 from passengers’ bags at John F. Kennedy International Airport here in New York.
The restaurant employee notes:
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.
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