My friend, and blog fodder provider, Josh Wood has started a website for his purported presidential campaign. He has two recent posts about the TSA, and his high priority on disbanding the TSA and privatizing security. Here are his takes:
My comments? The TSA seems to be full of itself and unable to understand the public outcry that their prying into our personal information does not make flying more secure. Until they “get it”, they should be controlled by someone, or put out of work and privatized. Sure, there will always be bad apples, but the continued string of bad apples seems to suggest some sort of lack of control. Why do these agents think this behavior is acceptable? I would think it must be that they are told that these kinds of interrogations are acceptable, at least in some settings. The fact is that no interrogation of this type is reasonable for anyone. I don’t care if the choice to fly is technically a submission to whatever searching the TSA deems appropriate, but this is ridiculous. I keep waiting for the airlines to publicly complain about the effect that the TSA behavior is having upon the number of travelers. We need leaders who are willing to reign in these types of abuses. Perhaps the TSA is too big and bloated for successful management, in which case smaller private firms competing might significantly improve air passenger safety and experience.
For my previous thoughts about the TSA, click the TSA tag above.