Skip to comments.Firing the TSA
Posted on 11/18/2010 7:56:22 AM PST by chickadee
Janet Napolitano is getting a lesson: treat customers unreasonably and they will leave. Airport operators do not have to use TSA to screen passengers, and the first airport has already announced it will use one of the five private screening firms already approved to offer security screening for air travelers.
Unsurprisingly, the move comes from a scrappy underdog airport which competes with a larger, more famous facility: Orlando Sanford Airport, which is much smaller and farther from the Disney/Universal Studios attractions than the better-known Orlando International Airport. Sanford is a focus airport for low cost carrier Allegiant (which offers service mostly to smaller markets), but has scheduled international service by Icelandic Airlines, as well as frequent charter service by British airlines such as Monarch and Thomas Cook, which specialize in package tours.
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Here’s a little marketing idea for someone: Time for a website indicating which airports (and airlines) you can fly out of that don’t utilize the TSA. Oh, and if I ran an airline that flew out of one, I’d feature it in all the advertising.
The “customers” aren’t just the airports after all. The real customer base for this move consists of all of the American people who are fed up with TSA nonsense, and “Big Sis” especially.
But, what are their security screening methods? If they are required to follow TSA requirements, will they be any better than the Smurf Gestapo?
Sanford is a focus airport for low cost carrier Allegiant
Competition will force the major airlines to do likewise.
If Orlando traffic chooses Sanford, then the big airlines using Orlando International will be forced dump TSA, as well.
This could be another major body slam for Obama’s storm troopers.
Is the TSA uproar a diversion for DREAM Act? Not letting a “good crisis” go to waste?
And the new company, quite possibly unionized, will be bound to follow TSA procedures.
Better to push the new congress to make funding contingent on adopting some common sense procedures, including profiling.
I don’t think the body scanners are mandatory everywhere or most airports would have to close down for lack of them.
Good idea. The Rockford IL airport has been able to compete effectively against O’Hare by touting it’s free parking and less hassle for family vacation flights to places like Orlando.
But I’m still waiting for the first major airport to “fire TSA”. Suspect there’s more involved than we’re reading in these news snippets.
Pictured above is an excellent alternative to the TSA Pat Downs and Death by Xray at airports.
Outside every airport terminal, place hundreds of these new bomb/IED proof booths. Notice there is even a unit to accommodate people in wheel chairs.
All passengers must enter one of these booths. If they are carrying an explosive, the booths will detonate the explosives after the terrorists enters the booth and the doors slam shut.
This will eliminate any bs about profiling as everyone with a ticket will have to pass.
After each terrorist is sent to hell, an automatic washdown and wet/dry vacuuming is done to ready the booth for the next passenger.
Female terrorists can remain in their Burkas until the divine moment, and Islamofascist terrorists will not have to run crying to CAIR and our AG to complain about profiling and racism.
I was more considering the body searches.
Shakes on a Plane
My question was this: are the security checks really any more effective? To find out, I decided to re-enact the classic scene from the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap, where bassist Derek Smalls puts a foil-lined cucumber down his pants, which is picked up by the security wand. Only I decided to go one better, by putting a buzzing vibrator down my pants.
You know I was sweating cheeseburgers as I waited for the guy to return. We stood there awkwardly, while my crotch hummed a one-note tune. It was a muffled drone, like someone using a weed wacker in a neighboring township.
Salad Dressing In The Pants
Calmly, I reached down into that unstable barrel of atomic liquid and grabbed my salad dressing. Then I calmly boarded the moving walkway, and stuffed the salad dressing down my pants. The TSA lets you keep things there, apparently.
FLASHBACK: Penn Jillette Calls Cops on Groping TSA Agent 11/13/02
Somewhere in a cave in Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden is praising Allah for Obama being president. Osama couldn’t have a better ally in the USA.
My, but these booths look a lot like port-o-potties.
More seriously, the Israelis use this kind of “booth” for luggage, I believe.
I like it. How does it detonate the explosives?
The TSA is always trying to prevent the last terrorist attack instead of looking forward. The terrorists now seem to be concentrating on mail or cargo bombs. How will body scans or gropes stop that?
In this age of computers and high tech security, an entirely different approach should have been implemented long ago. 99%+ of air passengers are just who they say they are. A process to vet travelers should have been designed and implemented. Use a retinal scan to allow those cleared to move through quickly.
If the U. S. government was actually serious about this, it would have gone to the experts (Israelis) at the beginning to set up a workable and effective process.
That’s great for places that have more than one airport. If I were a terrorist, that list would tell me which airport to test, just to mess with the American public.
I routinely fly from Norfolk VA to Japan, via Dulles, and back. I have been patted down only twice, that was in Norfolk, and have never seen a scanner anywhere.