All too often the mainstream media puts the Transportation Security Administration or police on blast for some minor indiscretion, but rarely ever do they recognize the many incredible stories of officers going above and beyond the call of duty.
At John Glenn International Airport, Ohio in Terminal B, Supervisory TSA Officer Taylor Clark went well above the call of duty. Traveler Tom McCann recounts his recent experience:
“Ten minutes before our flight, we received a call from Enterprise that we left an iPad in our rental car and that they would be able to meet us before the TSA check-in area. This would have surely meant that we would miss our flight now having to go back through the security checkpoint. Clark overheard our issue and going on minimal details stepped in to help.
“She left and quickly found the Enterprise representative, retrieved the iPad, ran it through the security screening process, and caught us on our way. It may not sound like much but my colleague and I were so taken back by her kindness and care to our situation.
“Clark made our day and proved there are good people out there with integrity who will help you without expecting anything in return. God bless her!”
Meanwhile, in Florida… Have you ever been so preoccupied that you forgot what you were doing or where you parked? That’s what happened to a passenger at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Lead TSA Officer Marlus Santos was working at FLL when he noticed a crematory urn with no apparent owner. He reviewed the accompanying paperwork and found the name of the deceased’s son. When the owner did not answer the terminal page, Santos paused to recall the person he first saw with the urn – a man in a white shirt.
“I could see how upset the passenger was when I interacted with him at the divestiture officer position,” said Santos. “So, I knew I had to do whatever it took to locate this passenger.”
Having no success with anyone answering the page, he went to the nearest gate agent and asked the agent to search for the man’s name on the recent flight manifests.
Found him! The agent said the passenger was on a Minneapolis flight out of Terminal 3, Gate F7.
By the time Santos arrived at the gate with the urn, the Jetway door to the flight was closed. Using his badge, he was able to access the Jetway and walked down to the plane’s door that was still open. He explained the situation to the flight attendant and asked them to discreetly locate the passenger.
Santos reflected, saying, “If I left behind something that was important to me, I would expect someone to try as hard as I did to return it to me.”
The flight attendant found the man, and Santos returned the urn containing the remains of the passenger’s mother to a grateful son.
“Officer Santos’ thoughtful actions make me proud to be a part of the TSA-FLL team,” said Federal Security Director Jason Martin. “His willingness to go beyond the basic mission and demonstrate caring for a member of the traveling public testifies to the quality of his character.”
Santos received a Customer Service Award and was featured on FLL’s new FLLash TV.
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