Unpaid TSA Agents DGAF What The Man Thinks About Their Music

The people who work to keep air travel safe are not being paid during the government shutdown, so they have stopped caring what anyone thinks about the music they play. Instead of ‘easy listening,’ in recent weeks some travelers have noted an unapologetic — and uncensored — playlist.

TSA employees have found several creative ways to push back against Trump-era exploitation. Many have been calling in sick rather than work for free. We should not be surprised when they find subtle ways to protest their poor treatment.

The trend was first spotted at JFK in New York City. “A spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK, told Business Insider that TSA employees have discretion over the music at some terminals, while airline employees choose songs at other terminals,” Rachel Premack recently reported.

Fliers began to tweet about what they were hearing:


That last tweet refers to “Lift Yourself,” which one entertainment columnist calls “an admittedly infectious track that is mostly Kanye rhyming hoop, scoop, woop and poop for about 30 seconds.”

“Sicko Mode,” on the other hand, is a a foulmouthed track by Travis Scott and Drake that includes drug references any air traveler can relate to:

I did half a Xan, thirteen hours ’til I land
Had me out like a light, ayy, yeah
Like a light, ayy, yeah
Like a light, ayy
Slept through the flight, ayy
Knocked for the night, ayy, 767, man

Since the president and his enablers show no sign of reopening the federal government, maybe it’s just a matter of time before travelers start hearing Rage Against The Machine.

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