Are We Ditching the TSA at Small Airports?

Recently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) toyed with the idea of cutting out screenings at small airports, where typical flights have less than sixty passengers, as a way to save money and divert resources to larger airports. It is likely just a ploy to gain sympathy from the federal government in order to secure more funding, or perhaps, it is a way to test public reaction to the possibility of decreased security. Either way, the TSA is not likely to forgo its extra-constitutional powers to search every passenger without a warrant or probable cause of a crime.

If the proposal were actually to go into effect, would that not be an interesting thought? You would actually be able to travel on an airplane without getting frisked, having your naked photograph brought up on a government screen, having to walk barefoot around the airport floor, or sound off an alarm because you forgot to take off your belt or put your wallet that contains your money in a little basket and float it down a metal river of detection.

Some experts will claim that decreasing security at smaller airports would increase the chances of terrorist attacks because terrorists would hijack flights from these facilities or infiltrate larger airports and wreak havoc on them, and although there may be a slight risk in this scenario, it would allow Americans to retain their constitutional rights and dignity while traveling from small regions to other places, as well as allow airlines to take charge of their own security. I know allowing private entities to perform security that they deem as necessary seems scary to some people, but consider this: the TSA is not the almighty and terrorist-slaying knights that people think that they are. In fact, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tested the TSA undercover at airports around the country, it was found that the agency had about a twenty percent success rate in 2017, up from about five percent in 2015. This means that explosives, guns, and knives could be making it on flights without the TSA even being aware.

This is astounding, being that we place so much faith in the TSA’s ability to foil terrorist plots. Yet, in reality, it seems as if most, if not all, of the money being invested by the American taxpayers is wasted. Therefore, would private security be such a bad thing? Each airline would be responsible for security, and any one that allowed hijackings would gain a bad reputation, and as a result, it would lose profits. Maybe it would not be perfect, but would it be worse than what we have now? Feel-good measures may reassure us of safety when we board the gate, but if we are sacrificing our liberties each time we do, is it worth it?

Thank you for reading, and if you would like to read about other ways that the federal government is violating your liberties, please check out my book, The Global Bully, and website.
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Published on August 08, 2018 02:54
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