Orlando, FL (Vocus) July 30, 2010
As a former transportation security officer, author Barney Smith took his job seriously. But as with all jobs, humor is needed to relieve stress. Luckily, he found that he was exposed to a lot of it on a regular basis. Now he shares a humorous look at passengers, TSA, and airport and airline employees in his amusing book, Airport & Aviation Humor.
In response to the tragedy that shook America and the world on 9/11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was born. It took over all aviation passenger and baggage screening at commercial airports in the United States. Initially, the public was appreciative of TSA, but as time passed, apathy somewhat replaced concern for safety as the threat appeared to be minimized. Too often, TSA employees have received unjust negative criticisms without the equal recognition for the fine job they do. The author reminds readers that they are only looking after the safety of the people lest there be another tragedy like 9/11.
Airport & Aviation Humor reveals the lighter side of airport and aviation employees. This humor is taken from actual incidents, e.g., funny or unusual comments made to Smith by passengers and TSA employees in addition to their funny and unusual behaviors. From written communications from ground crew to pilots, to verbal communications from pilot and flight attendants to passengers, the author has captured as much humor as he could from the real events through witty anecdotes that will keep readers smiling and the pages turning. He invites readers to plunge in and decipher the difference between fact and fiction, truth and lies, and more importantly, humor versus sarcasm.
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About the Author
Barney Smith, born on December 25, 1943, has lived most of his life in Orlando, Florida. After high school, he spent five years in the Merchant Marines (Sun Oil Company) and four years in the USMC. Returning to Orlando in 1970, he was with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 7¼ years, Orange County Public School system for twenty-one years, Florida Department of Children and Families for one year, and lastly, the Transportation Security Administration (under the Department of Homeland Security) for 7¼ years. He earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Central Florida.
The majority of the book is factual and based on Barney’s personal experiences at the Orlando International Airport in Orlando.
Airport & Aviation Humor * by Barney Smith
A Humorous Look At Passengers, TSA, Airport, And Airline Employees
Publication Date: July 27, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 152 pages; 978-1-4535-3522-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 152 pages; 978-1-4535-3523-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-3524-0
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