KISS bandmates offer free meals to unpaid TSA workers

Members of KISS are ensuring that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers going without pay are working on full stomachs, giving away meals to employees affected by the partial government shutdown.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who own a chain of airport restaurants called Rock & Brews, will feed TSA workers for free during the shutdown, they recently announced.


“While the TSA continues to work on our behalf without pay, we want to make sure we can at least provide them with a delicious meal to show our support,” KISS founder Stanley said in a Facebook video announcing the move.

TSA employees can choose between the restaurant’s pulled pork sandwich or a salad when they dine for free.

Simmons said that he and his bandmate respect “the diligent hard work of each and every TSA employee to ensure the safety of who else? Us.”

“This is horrific,” Stanley said in a Monday interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about the shutdown, which on Tuesday passed the one-month mark. “The problem is when you’re leveraging the government and you’re shutting it down — who is the government?” asked Stanley.

“The government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Who are you hurting? You’re hurting the people. These are the people who make this country what it is,” Stanley, 67, said.

“People need to put their political affiliation aside and the priority has to be to get people back to work, back on the payroll,” he added. “And then, let’s figure out what the solution is.”

“I certainly have my own point of view,” Stanley continued, “but I’m not going to share it because I’m a rock ‘n roller. I know my place.”