Not one penny to spare

March 6th, 2013


The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents–uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico.

Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester.

“We are already seeing the effect on the ports of entry, the big airports for example,” Napolitano told Politico on Monday. “Some of them had very long lines this weekend.”

“Look people, I don’t mean to scare, I mean to inform,” Napolitiano said.”If you’re traveling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There’s only so much we can do with personnel and please don’t yell at the customs officers, the TSA officers. They aren’t responsible for sequester.”

The TSA employs 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers. That means that the uniform contract will pay the equivalent of $1,000 per TSA employee over the course of the year.

A thousand bucks a year? Not too shabby, and the new uniforms look really snappy and nice too, with just the right amount of scary ornamentation to maintain the crucial projection of absolute authority so necessary to the job of herding the lowing, balky cattle and keeping them properly, umm, cowed. These are probably a bargain at any price, really.

Why, I must say it’d be a pleasure to grovel, spread my cheeks, beg for mercy, and be dragged away after sustaining grievous bodily injury from government officials as nattily clad as these gents. An eye-catching, thought-provoking, caution-inspiring pin or shoulder flash of some sort would top things off rather nicely, don’t you think?

(Via Jeff)

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  1. Celebrate Homogeneity
    March 7th, 2013 at 19:21 | #1
    Somehow, the uniforms they have now simply make them look like characters out of a Gilbert & Sullivan musical. This is especially so of the ghetto garbage working the stations at Hartsfield / Atlanta airport.
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