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Seattle Restaurant Puts TSA Workers on “No-Eat” List

posted at 2:14 pm on February 23, 2011 by

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 article notes that the TSA has come under scrutiny in recent months in the wake of its implementation of potentially harmful advanced imaging scanners and invasive pat-downs.

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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Mmm. The only smell sweeter than frying bacon is the smell of poetic justice!

gryphon202 on February 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

First restaurant I’ll eat at when I someday visit Seattle.

MadisonConservative on February 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

First restaurant I’ll eat at when I someday visit Seattle.

MadisonConservative on February 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Yo Maddy. If you need a break from the madness over there, my door is always open here in South Dakota. And quite a bit closer than Seattle, too. Did I ever mention that SD is a right-to-work state? ;-)

gryphon202 on February 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I hope this is the bagel place!

Jeddite on February 23, 2011 at 2:56 PM

But aren’t they a protected class?

Dhuka on February 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

But aren’t they a protected class?

Dhuka on February 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

There’s some very intense discussion over at liberal sites about just this. Apparently one’s race, gender, and sexual preference are supposed to be unassailable, but vocation is not.

Except for the usual hotheads, nobody seems to be quite sure how to respond to this. Their ideas are all over the map.

Dark-Star on February 23, 2011 at 8:43 PM