Almost 10 Years of TSA and They’re Always “One Step Out of Step”September 15th, 2011
You know a branch of government has registered itself useless when its creator raves of its inefficiency. John Mica, a Republican of Florida, heads the House’s Transportation Committee…and can say that he is less than impressed with the TSA’s work so far.
There are stories everyday of TSA’s run in with a disgruntled flyer and with my own personal experience I can see why these airline customers are displeased with their travel experiences. Everything from children getting strip-searched to handicaps in wheel chairs having to participate in an undergarment search, the federal employees at the TSA are no longer a figure of respect to most Americans.
Other incidents have surfaced about their machines: the full-body scanners and their ability to capture a nude video of the person in the screening area has produced some arguments within the boundaries of the 4th amendment. Controversy over the radiation supplied by the machines is also in the forefront of discussion. As the anniversary of Sept. 11th passed, severe security measures were in place.
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 news outlets identified two incidents of suspicion that were addressed through the TSA, involving unlawful containment and a strip-search with passengers that were sitting next to someone who took too long in the bathroom. They even scrambled F-16′s to for the passenger’s tummy ache. (how embarrassing)
Another way the TSA has inconvenienced the general population of flyers is with the “shoe removal” process that will come to an end soon. And because of the high demand and ethical charges the TSA will be rolling out a new machine that does only an outline of the persons body as they walk through security, instead of a nude picture (or as this blogger points out “bombs, not dongs”).
I’d say the market is doing its work, but not enough has been done to secure the civil rights of passengers. Mica points out the inefficiency of the TSA constantly being one step behind the issue:
“Everything they have done has been reactive. They take shoes off because of [shoe-bomber] Richard Reid, passengers are patted down because of the diaper bomber, and you can’t pack liquids because the British uncovered a plot using liquids.”
I’d hate if this gives them any ideas, but Ann Coulter asks in an interview whether or not full on cavity searches will be necessary in the future if someone attempts to smuggle something dangerous onto the plane via anal cavity?