I gotta hand it to you; as far as conspiracies go, yours is a handsome cash cow at TSA. You’ve been milking the public for years, right under our noses and under the guise of security. It’s udderly ridiculous!
I’m not buying the “we make every effort to reunite passengers with items left at security checkpoints.” Your spokesperson Nico Melendez must think we’re all cow pies! Until you make a concerted effort to return that money to John Q. Public (including yours truly, Tuesday Travelista), rather than appropriate the money for “general security operations,” I’m going to keep mooing till the cows come home with my change. Need I remind you, as a woman, I am more than capable of bringing up the past time and time again!
Have a change of heart at the very least and follow the example of those passengers you’re milking and donate your yearly “windfall” to the Make a Wish Foundation. OUR small change could make a BIG dent towards purchasing the 150 million air miles needed each year to make wishes come true for “children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
I’m sure your employees could use a bit more joy in their day. Most of your 47,000 employees seem rather joyless; at least the ones I’ve dealt with at a handful of airports across the country. Perhaps it’s all the starch in the new uniforms; or maybe it’s simply exhausting exercising common sense and good judgment with the public for 8 hours straight. Of course, knowing that 90% of frequent flyers think your employees are doing a poor or fair job of screening passengers at the nation’s airports would leave me, as an employee, a little bummed too.
And speaking of common sense, if you can’t find it in your heart to go the charitable contribution route, there’s a very simple solution to your small change problem. Well actually its John Q. Public’s small change problem, your windfall; which is probably why common sense is not part of the equation. Let me remind you, I’ll keep mooing all the way to congress; maybe even to the Prez. I’d hate to get nasty and bring up Pythias Brown and the TSA’s culture of “convenient and indifferent thieving”, but my cows aren’t coming home without my change!
As for the change left in the bins; redesign those bins (I’m sure last year’s windfall would cover the cost) used to house our laptops, shoes, purses, bags, coats, belts and spare change to incorporate a single narrow well across one end.
I'm not here to cry over spilt milk, Mr. TSA Milkman, but you can bet your bottom dollar (and all my small change) if I have anything to say (and I usually do), there will be no moooooo land of milk and honey from this particular cash cow.
Waiting for my/a change,