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Posted at 9:34 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Singing TSA agents serenade passengers

By Ed O'Keefe


Traveling through Los Angeles this holiday season? You may get a holiday tune with your enhanced pat-down.

USA Today reports that a group of 17 singers and musicians -- all of them Transportation Security Administration security screeners -- are surprising passengers with holiday performances while they stand in line.

And before you start claiming "taxpayer waste" -- remember that members of the LAX TSA Choir volunteer their time and practice on their time off.

The group also performs patriotic music on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

UPDATE: Oh gosh, those Taiwanese animators who poke fun at the news have drawn up their own singing TSA agents. (Warning: It's not the nicest, or classiest production.)

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
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If anyone else did this, they'd be arrested and fondled.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 16, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

What a great PR campaign for sex offenders. NAMBLA should try this.

Posted by: ElizabethConley | December 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Security Theater.

Posted by: amy_l | December 16, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Everything about the TSA is either creepy, offensive, ineffective, or absurd. Bah humbug!

Posted by: bob_s3 | December 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the video at this link, TSA Christmas Carol, says pretty much all that needs to be said about the TSA, its Christmas cheer and screening process...

Posted by: liubei | December 16, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

TSA Holiday Humor...

1. Male TSA agents will be performing the "Nutcracker" for "Merry Gentlemen" who opt out of scanning machines
2. Passengers who are especially nice (or naughty) may receive "fruit cake" (estimates are 10%)
3. Ladies will be checked to see if their "stockings are stuffed"
4. Lonely TSA agents are authorized to serenade passengers with "Baby It's Cold Outside"
5. Male passengers who are uncooperative may sing "Ding Dong Merrily on High"
6. Celebrities may hear a chorus of "Go Tell It On the Mountain"
7. "Round Yon Virgins" can expect a scan from at least "Three Wise Men"
8. Curious TSA officers are encouraged to recite "I Wonder As I Wander" during a pat down - holiday bonuses may be paid for those who really feel the song
9. Passengers who do not cooperate may have their "packages unwrapped"
10. Friendly TSA officers may ask "What Are You Doing On New Year's Eve?"

Posted by: FrequentTravler | December 17, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Obviously they practice singing. Now only if they would practice locating battle axes hidden in people's luggage.

Posted by: TheFuzz | December 23, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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