Time to Abolish the Transportation Security Administration

Just in time for the Holiday travel time, the TSA’s searches have become ever more intrusive and absurd, not to mention expensive with the newest scanners costing between $130,000-$170,000 per unit. . As a government bureaucracy, however, we have very few options for opting out of their system or going elsewhere for the “service” of airline security. There is also, realistically, zero competition with TSA.

The problem has created situations like this one where it would seem like a young woman was targeted for her looks. Byron York argues, justifiably, that more airports should opt out of using TSA to provide security. That’s nice, but I prefer the idea of abolishing the TSA entirely as this guy writes at Forbes.

Just in time for the Holiday travel time, the TSA’s searches have become ever more intrusive and absurd, not to mention expensive with the newest scanners costing between $130,000-$170,000 per unit. . As a government bureaucracy, however, we have very few options for opting out of their system or going elsewhere for the “service” of airline security. There is also, realistically, zero competition with TSA.

The problem has created situations like this one where it would seem like a young woman was targeted for her looks. Byron York argues, justifiably, that more airports should opt out of using TSA to provide security. That’s nice, but I prefer the idea of abolishing the TSA entirely as this guy writes at Forbes.

I for one plan to opt out of the scanner when I travel out of Albuquerque this Friday.

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7 Replies to “Time to Abolish the Transportation Security Administration”

  1. First I want to say, your link to LiveLeak.com is only one side of the story, if it even happened at all. We don’t hear from the other side nor do we hear from any disinterested party. Therefore its suspect.

    No one likes intrusion nor do people like to be hassled at the airport or anywhere else for that matter. So from what I gather its your opinion that if there was competition, there would be no incidents like the one from LiveLeak. Nor would there be any intrusions by scanners or pat downs. Nor would there by any scanners for that matter. In other words, we go back to the system we had in place before 9/11. A system that didn’t prevent 19 men with box cutters from boarding airplanes.

    Quit frankly I don’t know the real threat posed by terrorists but I do know they are trying and I know they adapt their tactics to the level of security that must be overcome. Scanners came about because “someone” determined they would stop potential suicide bombers from making it aboard an airliner. So if the threat is real …

    But I’m with you, lets go back to competitive bidding for our airport security. Hopefully it will include such non intrusive security as, “did you pack your own bag; did anyone give you anything; and has your bag remained under your custody and control?” I liked that too and it made me feel “safe” and never inconvenienced. Nice!

  2. TSA is the pinnacle of idiocy. 911 happened in large part because of the pre 911 mindset of the flying public; don’t resist hijackings and enjoy your flight to Cuba. Within minutes of the collapse of the World trade center and pentagon attack, airline passengers thinking changed. Flight 93 passengers fought back and killed the terrorists. We need secure doors preventing access to the pilot cabin. Allow airlines to compete over their security measures. The TSA methods belong in Orwell’s 1984, not the real world.

  3. Terrorism is like pest-control in that both terrorists and pests are permanent items.Islam is religious cloaked, totalitarian ,compulsion that has plotted global conquest since before the crusades and it will be with us till the second coming.It can not be eliminated completely but since it’s believers tell us that they embrace death,where the west does not, we should help facilitate their embrace,only faster. Fumigation has it’s place in pest control and terrorism .Small neutron bombs(forgive me, Jimmy Carter) would work well in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan and any where else there is infestation. Make THEM hide in the cleft of the rocks, while the world conducts it’s business in peace and stop the violation of people particularly Americans, who own constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure . Kill the TSA ,by going after the enemy not perfectly innocent Americans.

  4. I have no choice but to opt out and be forced to the patdown, as I have had at least 200 x-rays and numerous MRIs. I now get chest and neck x-rays (1 each) every 6 months as my dr is watching nodules on my lungs and thyroid. Add in the annual mammograms for the past 30 years, numerous dental x-rays for routine and dental surgery work and xrays for broken bones, pneumonia, etc., and you can see how it all adds up. Add in the flying once a month (last year) and every 2 months this year, and you get the picture–a lot of exposure, and certainly more than the “average person.” The TSA has yet to state from any source what the “average” person is subjected to that makes it “safe.” I submit that I am not the “average” person when it comes to how much radiation I have been exposed to. I have also been attacked at gunpoint (attempted rape that was aborted because I vomited all over my attacker). So to say I am terrified of how I will react when I travel this holiday is an understatement.

    Yes, the threat is real. And this country is stupid, putting an expensive bandaid on a problem that needs major surgery that doesn’t involve exposing people to additional radiation. It needs to ditch the politically correct crap, and start profiling, just like all your foreign governments do. We citizens don’t have the rights of foreigners, and it has to stop! I think that highly trained professionals asking those questions we used to be asked could probably weed out people very quickly. Even terrorists get nervous (I am assuming).

  5. Every time I get a dental xray I get covered by a lead apron. Where is OSHA in this argument? How much will Michael Chertov loose with his new position in the scanner company? Without sounding too much like an elite, maybe the effect of the radiation on the over reaching thugs running the checkpoints should be mentioned in the Darwin Awards next year.

    El-Al seems to have a workable solution in place and that is a real accomplishment considering they are the number one target of this type of activity. Mr. Byers is one of the first folks I have noticed with the insight to know who is the real enemy – congrats!!

  6. I sent this weeks ago.

    A letter to Southwest Arilines

    You have wonderful service but I will never fly again as long as I
    have to deal with the TSA terrorists. I will not risk cancer by
    having x-rays nor be fondled by those nasty bureaucrats. Twice in El
    Paso I was treated so badly that I found the first chair and sat and
    cried.

    I have been taking the Mexican bus where I am treated like your
    airline treated me, but the government bureaucrats at the airport are
    just like most of the rest of the bureaucrats that I have ever had the
    misfortune of having to deal with.

    Does the government hire bullies or do they train them?

    Congressman Ron Paul has told the truth about the terrorists–if we were not in their countries making war on them they wouldn’t be here.

    How would Americans feel if the Chinese had military bases here and were telling us how to run our country?

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