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Mar 20, 13, 8:23 am
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Posted By HSVTSO Dean

I have not, in fact, ever been back to that...

I have not, in fact, ever been back to that checkpoint. As you said, I was in ATL for some training so that when the MMW devices showed up at Huntsville, they wouldn't just be standing there...
Apr 5, 12, 7:32 am
Replies: 47
Views: 6,073
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Their credentials are issued by the TSA. Their...

Their credentials are issued by the TSA. Their badge is the exact same badge that TSOs on the checkpoint wear -- the only difference is the blue banner at the top; on theirs' is written "FFDO." ...
Jan 18, 12, 10:29 pm
Replies: 90
Views: 9,225
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

In this particular instance...

In this particular instance (http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/lubbock.shtm).
Jan 18, 12, 10:12 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Neither. I left it in the van out in the parking...

Neither. I left it in the van out in the parking lot. :P



The second. Even before ATR, the machine didn't produce an "image" like a camera does. Everything about it was just raw data, ones...
Jan 16, 12, 8:08 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Okay, sorry. Several years back, I had a big...

Okay, sorry. Several years back, I had a big problem with people not believing I was actually a TSO. :P A lot of them seemed to think that I was some kind of plant sent by HQ, but I pretty much...
Jan 16, 12, 6:04 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

I felt that sense of failure because I tripped...

I felt that sense of failure because I tripped over my tongue trying to ask her a question, and put her into a more defensive posture - I presume because I came off as creepy. I don't feel that I...
Jan 16, 12, 5:51 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Kind of. From what I was able to tell,...

Kind of.

From what I was able to tell, it's not 100% belts must always, always, always be removed -- not in the same way that it's mandatory that laptops have to come out of their bags -- but I...
Jan 16, 12, 5:18 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

After a couple days off, it felt good to be...

After a couple days off, it felt good to be rampaging around the world of Skyrim again. For the glory of Jorrvaskr!

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention - the signage. There's freakin' signs all...
Jan 16, 12, 10:13 am
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

No, you misunderstand -- I'm back home now. I'm...

No, you misunderstand -- I'm back home now. I'm recounting the events of this weekend. Here's how that timeline went:

Saturday morning, drive to ATL. Have classes. Spend Saturday night in a...
Jan 16, 12, 8:47 am
Replies: 93
Views: 9,330
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Hmpf! ...Okay, yeah, in all honesty? Those...

Hmpf!

...Okay, yeah, in all honesty? Those deep-rural Alabama accents get me from time to time, too. They're gone now - one retired, one resigned and moved on to become a professional...
Jan 16, 12, 7:42 am
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Just a quick update on something I said in an...

Just a quick update on something I said in an earlier post:




Annnnd after a little more research, I came up with 49 U.S.C. 44925...
Jan 16, 12, 7:39 am
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

So it turns out I was freakin' exhausted last...

So it turns out I was freakin' exhausted last night. Passed out sometime during the second episode, and my wife put me to bed.

It's dark at 5:30 on a Sunday morning. Still rubbing the crusty...
Jan 15, 12, 8:33 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

So-so. Yeah. He'd totally be the guy...

So-so.



Yeah. He'd totally be the guy wearing a red shirt.
Jan 15, 12, 8:26 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Longhorn's. Fire-grilled T-bone. First thing...

Longhorn's. Fire-grilled T-bone. First thing I've had to eat in a few days that didn't come in a wrapper. Yum.

Moving along.

The trip to Atlanta was (mostly) uneventful, save only for a...
Jan 15, 12, 7:40 pm
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Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Indeed. Otherwise, I'd have been limited to as...

Indeed. Otherwise, I'd have been limited to as many 3.4 fluid ounce bottles I could fit into a single quart-size zip-top clear plastic baggie. Doubt that'd have held me as long.



Oh, no. ...
Jan 15, 12, 5:27 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 9,913
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Field Trip!

It's dark at 5:30 on a Saturday morning. Still rubbing the crusty remnants of sleep out of my eyes, I step out of my car and into the employee parking lot at Huntsville International Airport. It's...
Oct 11, 11, 7:53 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,133
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

Been fairly standard practice at HSV since late...

Been fairly standard practice at HSV since late 2002.

I obviously can't speak for everyone else in the agency, but those of us in HSV are given the same training from the Department of Public...
Sep 25, 11, 7:42 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 3,908
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

As far as I know, it comes from up beyond the...

As far as I know, it comes from up beyond the local level. In truth, however, I don't know too much more about the nuts and bolts of it.



Never, as far as I know. Since I am a front-line TSO,...
Sep 25, 11, 6:52 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 3,908
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

A fine question. Sadly, it's also one that I'm...

A fine question. Sadly, it's also one that I'm not qualified* to answer.



* - Just heading this one off before it comes, because it likely will: "'Qualified' or 'Allowed' to answer, Dean?" --...
Sep 25, 11, 8:02 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,557
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

I have the most trouble understanding how being a...

I have the most trouble understanding how being a TSO is a "high-powered" job. :P
Sep 24, 11, 6:32 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 3,908
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

a. Because that TSO completely and totally lacks...

a. Because that TSO completely and totally lacks the customer service skills required for polite, one-to-one conversation. Yes, I say the same thing six hundred times a day, but I'd rather do that...
Sep 24, 11, 7:30 am
Replies: 130
Views: 16,919
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneed...

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1371.shtm (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1371.shtm)

The TLDR version:
Sep 24, 11, 7:21 am
Replies: 40
Views: 3,908
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

TSA HQ orders it to happen from time to time. ...

TSA HQ orders it to happen from time to time. Like the swabbing of hands and the checking of IDs at the gate, it's under the collective auspices of the "playbook" stuff.
Aug 23, 11, 10:47 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 2,563
Posted By HSVTSO Dean

That just seems like a long patdown. I don't...

That just seems like a long patdown. I don't think I'd be able to make it last five to seven minutes, not without starting over from the very beginning when I was almost done, or something.

I'd...
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