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UPDATE: The more we check into this story, the more it's starting to sound like bullshit. Read more here.
Being a TSA agent is rough. You spend all day groping angry people's boobs and balls only to get vilified by politicians and in the press on almost every occasion. But at least working at the airport means one is surrounded by a host of restaurants, cafes, and bars where an agent can walk in and get a decent meal and a stiff drink. Wait . . . What's that, blogosphere? There's a Sea-Tac area cafe that's now openly refusing to serve TSA agents? OK, never mind. Being a TSA agent just sucks all around.
The mystery cafe was first reported by consumer-advocacy journalist Christopher Elliott.
An employee of the restaurant, one K.C. McLawson, tells him:
"We have posted signs on our doors basically saying that they aren't allowed to come into our business," she says. "We have the right to refuse service to anyone."
The employee claims that not only does the restaurant refuse to serve agents, they have called police before to have "their kind" forcibly removed from the premises.
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.
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.
The restaurant is perfectly within its rights to refuse to serve TSA agents. Protected classes in the U.S. and Washington state don't include specific professions, and a private business can refuse to serve almost anyone it wants.
Not that 86'ing the entire profession of TSA agents isn't a dick move--'cause it is.
It'd be more meaningful to ban TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, or any of the politicians who make the rules that the working-class agents have to follow.
Of course the restaurant owners are already being hailed as "heroes" by commenters on Elliott's site and elsewhere.
We'll see if the agents return the favor with a little "additional screening" the next time anyone from the restaurant wants to fly somewhere.