Citing TSA Failures and Abuses, Jamie Radtke Urges
Common Sense, rather than Political Correctness,
in Passenger Screening
Urges adoption of Israeli-style system
The Transportation Safety Administration – or TSA – which was established to protect Americans against terrorists on our transportation systems – has grown into a bloated bureaucracy with a disgraceful record of ineffective performance, operational inefficiency and paralysis by political correctness.
- Outrageous incidents occur regularly, from removing adult diapers from the elderly to patting down infants.
- Meanwhile, the agency has allowed 17 known terrorism suspects, weapons, and even rogue TSA agents to get through security.
- And just last week, the TSA committed a major error by allowing a Nigerian man with an expired boarding pass and NO identification to get through multiple layers of screening and fly from New York to L.A.
- Meanwhile, 3,770 TSA bureaucrats in Washington are pulling down average annual salaries of more than $105,000.
- These same bureaucrats have “cooked the books” to prevent TSA from moving to a private contractor approach (who would still be under TSA supervision) that would be 65% more efficient and increase taxpayer savings by 42%.
- Now the TSA employees have voted for union representation and collective bargaining. Does anyone think unions will make the TSA more effective or efficient?
The Solution: Common Sense, not Political Correctness
We must get away from this nonsense of groping seniors and children because we are more concerned with political correctness than protecting our civil liberties.
We must quickly develop and adopt a program of behavior detection techniques similar to the highly successful Israeli model utilized by EL Al Airlines. It just doesn’t make sense to ignore reliable indicators of terrorists in favor of random screening that has as much chance of netting a senior citizen as a terrorist.
American lives must not be put at risk because we are afraid being called politically incorrect.