Following a job fair at the closing Tower Records location on West End, more than a dozen former employees of the bankrupt music store have been hired to work as security screeners at Nashville International Airport.
“This surely means that the number of piercings and tattoos among the screening population has just gone way up,” says a Music Row frequent flier and regular Tower customer.
“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) came in and conducted a job fair. They did instant FBI background checks right then, and a lot of our folks were hired on the spot,” says a human resource official for the doomed California-based chain. “As a company, we’re really proud of how we’re taking care of our people.”
That doesn’t mean there weren’t glitches.
“Given the dress codes they were used to at Tower, I was afraid they would balk at the uniforms, but that turned out not to be that big a deal,” says a TSA supervisor in charge of orienting the new hires from Tower. “They called the look ‘rent-a-cop chic.’
“But we had a problem with the piercings they all seem to have. They were setting off the metal detectors right and left. We discovered that they just have to stand back a little further from the scanners to operate them.”
One member of the Tower-to-TSA group—which has named itself, disaster-movie-style, “Airport Tower”—says, “I just think it’s so cool to be able to wand people and make them throw away toothpaste and shampoo. This is so much better than selling The Essential Billy Joel to Vanderbilt office workers on their lunch break.”