10 years ago
Over at RWN, John Hawkins publishes a piece by Right Thinking Girl on the embarrassing, shameful and unnecessary practices of the TSA. I and my wife have had some of these same experiences, and there has been no dearth of ugly words from me directed at the semi-literates doing the searching.
But no amount of ugly words can change things. The TSA still suffers from the ghosts of Norman Mineta, notwithstanding the inept people it has working for the administration. So here is the two-part solution I propose to ensure that we have a safer tomorrow in our air adventures.
Since it is commonly known that the real purpose of the searches is not to make us safer, but rather, to create the appearance of being safer, let’s turn these searches into something useful rather than something shameful, where little old white ladies who use walking canes are patted down in front of people. Let’s profile men of Arabic descent. In order to assure that the courts do not interfere, the Congress should use the power given to it under Article III of the Constitution, where it can forbid the courts from taking up the matter in judicial review later. Since little old white laddies who use canes do not blow aircraft up, this should be a step in the right direction.
Second, the Congress ought immediately to draft legislation ordering the termination of all TSA employees and outsource the job of transportation security to private companies. Then the TSA employees can go and compete for jobs based on their qualifications.
Until and unless we do this, we are not taking the GWOT or our own transportation safety seriously. We only pretend to.
- Stupid Searches by TSA
- TSA Shows no Respect for Military: One More Reason to Loath Them
- Norman Mineta Leaves – Thank God!
In honor of the great post by Right Thinking Girl, I am making a new category called “TSA Ineptitude.” I welcome my readers to send me input for this category as you encounter TSA ineptitude in the future.