July 13, 2007, - 2:10 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
While TSA officials are making sure my tube of toothpaste doesn’t exceed 3 ounces, they apparently don’t care where official TSA uniforms end up.
Check out this letter to the editor from The Honolulu Advertiser:
TSA UNIFORM FOUND FOR SALE IN THRIFT STORE
I want to express my concern over an incident that occurred on July 3.
While I was browsing at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Kailua, I noted that a TSA uniform was on the rack for sale. The uniform was in good condition, complete with TSA patches and embroidery.
When I saw the uniform, my heart sank. Is there no policy about donating and reselling TSA uniforms? With all the strict security measures in place at airports, I was very disheartened to see that I could simply buy a TSA uniform for $2.50.
The same policies that pertain to the donation and resale of police uniforms should also apply to the TSA.
As I see it, the responsibility for this type of incident lies with both the TSA and the Salvation Army. The TSA needs to make sure that former employees return their uniforms. The Salvation Army needs to screen donations more carefully.
I would like to encourage both organizations to evaluate their policies in the interest of public safety.
Mary Ellen Zigli
Earth to TSA chief, Kip Hawley. . . . The dude is desperate–but not serious–when it comes to fighting terrorism.
Thanks to loyal Hawaiian reader and surfer KT for the tip.
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