“I’ve never seen a Department of Homeland Security official sleeping inside an airport… In light of their recent follies, it just seemed that a federal agency beleaguered by bad news of late should probably worry about their image a little more… To be fair, she could have been on a break. But you don’t go to a precinct and see a police officer sleeping at their desk” said Bucky Turco, founder and editor-in-chief of the counter-culture magazine Animal.
“We recognize that our officers have very demanding jobs that require constant vigilance and hours on their feet… But nonetheless, it was completely inappropriate for her to rest in a public area while on her break as opposed to a nearby break room.”
This isn’t the first time that the TSA slipped up and gave its agency a bad name. Earlier this month, a TSA guard at Newark Airport left his post, allowing a romantic grad student to breach security for a final kiss with his girlfriend, which later caused a huge security breach and investigation. And just two weeks later, on Jan. 17, a Haitian evacuee slipped through a door leading to a restricted area at Kennedy Airport, sparking another security scare. TSA critics say the latest incidents is minor compared with other mess-ups, but revealing nonetheless.