Pat downs and long lines are not the only complaints about Transportation Security Administration people have. For residents of the neighborhoods surrounding JFK Airport, the TSA is causing problems even outside the airport terminal.
People living near the A subway line in Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and even in the Rockaways, as well as residents of Old Howard Beach near the AirTrain say rhar agency employees are also intrusive when it comes to parking.
“Residents have written letters, compiled pictures, and videos of TSA agents demonstrating complete disregard for our neighborhood,” said Donna Gilmartin, member of Community Board 10 and president of the Locust Grove Civic Association, which covers a few blocks of South Ozone Park. “We have been complaining for years and the TSA has yet to respond to our concerns. The local police precinct has better things to do than respond to TSA agents blocking our driveways.”
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) is calling for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide compensation for TSA agents to park in JFK parking lots, as is done already in several other states around the country.
Besides the parking complaints, Goldfeder said he has heard of blocked driveways, littering and even in one instance a TSA officer changing his clothes outside his car on a public street.
“Hardworking families and residents of Southern Queens should not have to deal with rude and careless TSA agents,” Goldfeder said.
At several airports, including Chicago O’Hare, TSA employees have their own dedicated parking lot, but no specific parking is provided for them at JFK. Agents can park at the airport and pay the fee but often choose the cheaper option of parking on a local street and taking the subway or AirTrain to their jobs.