Let’s give the Transportation Security Administration one last chance.
After the release of a Government Accountability Office report that revealed widespread TSA employee misconduct, including screeners involved in theft and drug smuggling, public sentiment is squarely on the side of a top-to-bottom overhaul that could privatize or dismantle the agency assigned to protect America’s transportation systems.
But today, just a few days after the 9/11 anniversary, is not the time to talk about the end of the TSA. This is the moment to take account of the failings of one of America’s least-loved agencies, and to say: Our patience has its limits; it’s almost up. Read more “Our patience with the TSA is almost up”
Here’s a question everyone should be asking after last week’s stunning verdict against Andrea Abbott, the Nashville mother who tried to stop TSA agents from patting down her teenage daughter: Where do travelers turn when they have a legitimate grievance against the agency charged with protecting America’s transportation systems? Read more “Is this the only way to change the TSA?”
On this Independence Day weekend, with a week’s worth of truly outrageous TSA news behind us, I think it’s time to ask a simple “What if?” question: How good could this agency be? And what would it take to get it there?
Some have suggested the entire TSA should be eliminated (I have a time or two) but let’s say, for argument’s sake, that instead of defunding this dysfunctional federal agency and sending its 58,401 employees packing, it’s reformed under the next administration.
Washington may be about to offer air travelers who are frustrated by the Transportation Security Administration’s new screening techniques a little relief.
Several initiatives to reform the beleaguered TSA will be on the legislative agenda when the 112th Congress convenes on Jan. 3., according to experts.
Perhaps the most high-profile of the proposed bills is Ron Paul’s American Traveler Dignity Act of 2010, which would deny immunity to any federal employee who subjects a person to any physical contact or scanning.