Skip to comments.Former TSA chief: Airport security in America is 'broken'
Posted on 04/25/2012 9:28:10 PM PDT by QT3.14
As head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from 2005 to 2009, Kip Hawley was the public face of an agency despised by millions of Americans. Today, he says that hatred is understandable because the agencys approach to airport security is broken, arguing that it should forgo standardized procedures and a focus on prohibited items in favor of increased flexibility and mitigating risk.
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“Paging Captain Obvious.”
When did this become news ?
1) A cessation of telling people that the best reaction to a hijacking is to sit still and do nothing, it'll be alright.
2) Profiling likely hijackers via the ‘no fly list.’
3) Increase of sky marshals and arming of pilots.
That's it. Scanning passengers, preforming virtual cavity searches, making them remove shoes as they enter the government temple does NOTHING to prevent hijackings. A common metal detector and maybe the x-ray machine for luggage is about all the physical security you need.
We need to make it explicitly clear that any business, transportation or otherwise, has the ability and right to refuse business for any reason. Had security in Dulles airport been given that go ahead, a planeload of passengers wouldn't have become a missile fired at the Pentagon. And if that means that an airline won't allow brown people or gay people, that's their right - fly on another airline or don't fly at all.
And if an airline wants to be strip search air, more power to it - that's the requirements of a business transaction. Instead, we have a massive and unconstitutional police checkpoint in our airports who has a duty to find people to fine and/or arrest.
As for the passengers of Concealed Carry Air, I'll be on your plane, thank you very much.
Not only that but it is intrusive as well.
I’m gonna need to check your a$$hole. /tsa agent, south park
I’ve been saying for ten years that terrorists on a plane with the cockpit door locked pose a danger only to the people aboard. That would be enough to keep the plane itself from being used as a weapon as was done on 9/11. As such, there is no justification for security any more intrusive than that an any other gathering of a few hundred people — theaters, supermarkets, shopping malls, etc.
Airport security should revert to the simple checks of ten years ago, and then do as you say — sky marshals on every flight, and locked cockpit door for the entire flight.
On latest flight was grilled by TSA about WHY I opted out of the scanner in favor of the physical patdown. Fascist scum.
And to think our government compensates these morons at 2-1/2 times the rate of the private sector? If the entire TSA collective had dynamite for brains, they couldn’t blow a popcorn fart.
“Profiling likely hijackers via the no fly list.”
That’s a useless list. It names names not identities and is based on bad information.
his solution seems to be “more of the same”, only differently.
Ah. Well. Why don’t we just throw more money at it? That oughta fix it, don’tcha think?
TSA=NKVD or Gestopo. They are like barney fife with that I am a Fed attitude, devoid of common sense and no Andy there to rein in their goon like behavior.
No Kidding, doofus?