Under their new collective bargaining agreement, Transportation Security Administration officers get to spend more taxpayer money on their uniforms every year than a United States Marine Corps lieutenant can spend in a lifetime.Well, this isn’t going to make the TSA any more pleasant to deal with, but maybe the experience will now be more…I don’t know…memorable, somehow.
“TSA employees will see their uniform allowances nearly double to $446 per year,” the House Transportation Committee noted in a press release on the TSA’s new collective bargaining agreement. “By comparison, a combat Marine Lieutenant receives a one-time uniform allowance of $400. The cost of the increase in TSA uniform allowance is an estimated $9.63 million annually.”
“Good morning, grandma, I’m your TSA screener, Bob “Slow Hand” Gropewell, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to search your wheel chair for bombs. You want to just kinda tumble out of that thing so we can get started? And don’t cry all over my new uniform. Remember: I’ve got a sword and I know how to use it.”