By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 -- 12:33 pm
A restaurant near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is so tired of the way the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been treating their customers that they've actually banned agents from eating at the establishment.
KC McLawson, a worker at the restaurant, told journalist Christopher Elliott exactly how far her boss had taken the ban.
"We have posted signs on our doors basically saying that they aren’t allowed to come into our business," she said. "We have the right to refuse service to anyone."
"My boss flies quite a bit and he 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," McLawson continued. "A large majority of our customers -- over 90 percent -- agree with our stance and stand by our decision."
"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."
Elliot noted that he withheld the name of the cafe where McLawson worked due to her desire to remain anonymous.
The TSA has come under scrutiny in recent months after new policies required travelers to go through full body scanners or be subjected to invasive pat-downs.
The conduct of some agents hasn't helped the situation.
In November alone, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received over 900 complaints about the agency.
"The TSA agent used her hands to feel under and between my breasts," one woman said. "She then rammed her hand up into my crotch until it jammed into my pubic bone."
Law enforcement authorities said last week that two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers had been arrested for stealing from bags at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The two confessed to stealing as much as $160,000, according to police.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller