In case you’re confused by @tsagov, @tsabloggerbob, @tsaagent, @TSAsupervisor, @tsablog and countless other parody accounts, the real Transportation Safety Administration is actually on Twitter at @TSABlogTeam and wow, talk about the worst social media job ever (but definitely not the overall worst job ever).
For those of you who haven’t been following along, the Internet has been one big anti-TSA flash mob ever since the TSA implemented its new Advanced Imaging Technology body scanning and pat down procedures on November 1st. Just take look at these @replies.
It’s no surprise that the TSA “porn scans” would get so much backlash — Nobody I repeat nobody is comfortable with their body, but especially those of us who spend most of our time online. As representative for the nerd contingent, software engineer John Tyner’s “Don’t Touch My Junk” blog post was the viral tipping point that unleashed the Pandora’s box of meta OMG WTF TSA round ups like this one.
Between “Cancer Surviving Flight Attendant Forced To Remove Prosthetic Breast During Pat-down,” “Woman Says She Was Cuffed And Booted From Airport For Questioning Body Scanners,”“TSA pats down a screaming toddler““TSA Agents Absolutely Hate New Pat Downs“ and this, the story is one of the messiest media fests I’ve seen in my lifetime.
So what does the @TSABlogTeam account actually do? Well, it used to spam reply people with defensive TSA blog posts but it seems to have given up in the past day or so.
The guy who runs the account, aka Blogger Bob, insists that the job is “not that bad actually… It’s a challenge. I dig it.” I’m willing to bet that tweeting every 12 hours or so is way better than being one of the poor schmucks that has to feel up obese people because the government made some deal with Rapiscan. Yes it’s actually called Rapiscan.
“If something doesn’t change in the next two weeks I don’t know how much longer I can withstand this taunting. I go home and I cry.”
In the meantime, here are some inspiring videos, and tweets to get you through however long it takes for the TSA to capitulate.