I don't quite know what to think about TSA workers that are working for free while their colleagues are protesting not being paid. I can think of a couple of motives:
1) Some sense of duty. They think they're really protecting people and not just doing security theater and making life harder for people, especially marginalized people. In this case, they're deluded.
2) Horrific obsequiousness. They're getting ahead of their colleagues who are standing up for themselves.
3) Fear of management. This isn't necessarily separate from 2.
I had a typical TSA experience, except I forgot to opt out so I went through their stupid scanner. I really hate that this is a thing at all.
This, combined with airlines somehow having figured out how to provide worse (sometimes even dehumanizing) service for higher prices (maybe some kind of cartel action), makes me want to just quit flying completely. But this ain't Twitter. You can't just redirect your flying bots and delete your flying account.
I have to, at the least, go to Illinois and Washington this year. And probably, we should see our kid's grandparents a few times each year. So, it's just another one of those things, like having to live under a Trump presidency.
Though, with that last situation, you actually can leave the country
. That's important to not forget.