There's a job posting on the Ann Arbor Craigslist that appears to have been submitted by the TSA. The text reads as follows:
See the individual you are in a vital position for our security firm where you implement security-screening procedures that counter deadly or dangerous objects from being smuggled onto an aircraft. Be part of a imperious security team protecting airports and skies as you proudly establish your future.
Jalopnik, which posted about the ad this morning, notes that the word "imperious" means "domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing." Also: "assuming authority without justification."
That seems to fit the bill, though it's probably unintentional. The posting also advertises an hourly wage of $17 per. If TSA employees get paid for their vacation time (of course they do), that comes out to a little more than $35k a year. Is that a lot of money? TSA screeners certainly don't think so. A Government Accountability Office report released last week says that TSA screeners are the least happy of all government employees, in part because of pay:
For the 2011 FEVS, TSA benchmarked its results against CBP results, as well as against DHS and governmentwide results. When comparing CBP and TSA scores, TSA found that the greatest differences in scores were on questions related to satisfaction with pay and with whether performance appraisals were a fair reflection of performance. TSA scored 40 percentage points lower on pay satisfaction and 25 percentage points lower on performance appraisal satisfaction. In comparing TSA results to DHS and governmentwide results, TSA found that TSA was below the averages for all FEVS dimensions. TSA also evaluated FEVS results across employee groups by comparing dimension scores for headquarters staff, the Federal Air Marshals, Federal Security Director staff, and the screening workforce. TSA found that the screening workforce scored at or below scores for all other groups across all of the dimensions
Perhaps the privilege of working for an "imperious security team" is a benefit? Sort of like being able to do the TSA Pokey Pokey: