If you think that security searches for pen knives and razor blades is a waste of money and your time, you have agreement from the man who should know: The former administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.
“More than a decade after 9/11, it is a national embarrassment that our airport security system remains so hopelessly bureaucratic and disconnected from the people whom it is meant to protect. Preventing terrorist attacks on air travel demands flexibility and the constant reassessment of threats. It also demands strong public support, which the current system has plainly failed to achieve,” former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley wrote for the Wall Street Journal.
“The crux of the problem, as I learned in my years at the helm, is our wrongheaded approach to risk. In attempting to eliminate all risk from flying, we have made air travel an unending nightmare for U.S. passengers and visitors from overseas, while at the same time creating a security system that is brittle where it needs to be supple.”
Hawley’s main point is that TSA inspectors are searching for items that could be used to gain entrance to the cockpit. But the cockpit doors have all been reinforced with steel and no one is going to force their way in with a penknife.
Instead of worrying about banned items – many of which TSA inspectors miss anyway – Hawley, who served from 2005 to 2009 – says TSA inspectors should be given wider latitude and spend their time doing random searches, looking for actual weapons, and interacting with passengers.
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