3/17/16 TSA Wait Times


The TSA is warning travelers they’€™ll be waiting much longer to get through security.

The agency claims it needs more employees.

Stop and think about that for a moment.  When was the last time any federal agency said it had enough employees?  The answer’s never.

Every Washington office claims it needs more money and more people.  Nothing says over-manned, inefficient and bloated like a federal agency.

TSA is directly responsible for some of the delays.  It adds to passenger wait times by regularly shutting down TSA Pre-Check lanes and funneling trusted travelers to the other lanes.

You have to wonder if TSA is doing this intentionally in order to bolster its request to hire more employees.

The legislation that created TSA federalized 28,000 civilian baggage screeners.

[Public Law 107-71 on 11/19/2001; passed 100-0 in the Senate and 410-9 in the House.  One year after its creation, TSA employed 64,000 people, including 42,500 screeners.  It’s cost about $75 billion more than $60 billion through 2012 and nearly $8 billion each year for 2013 and 2014.]

Today, the agency’s bigger by about 50%.  One way it grew was by engaging in bureaucratic gimmicks such as hiring full-time, temporary workers. 

TSA has yo-yoed back and forth between urgent hiring and offering generous, early retirement packages.  It first offered early retirement when the agency was only three years old.   It last offered early retirements a year and a half ago.  It now says it needs to hire thousands of new employees.

[Here’s the most damning part.  Internal TSA documents – obtained through a lawsuit – admit that hardened cockpit doors and safety protocols make the take-over of a jetliner virtually impossible.  But TSA continues the charade that every jetliner could be hijacked at any moment in order to grow bigger.]

[In its 15-year history, the TSA has not caught a single hijacker.  It’s not stopped one hijacking.  However, TSA agents have stolen passengers’ valuables, committed rape, groped women, humiliated breast cancer survivors, strip-searched infants, bullied the elderly, fondled genitals and disassembled prosthetic devices on wounded military. They’ve made flying America’s worst travel experience.]

[It’s behavioral detection program is a colossally expensive failure.  In seven years according to a GAO report, 0.6% of passengers identified by behavioral detection officers led to an arrest.  Not one arrest was terrorism-related.  99.4% of the passengers were innocent travelers unnecessarily delayed getting to their flights.]

[TSA has also been identified as a major security risk when it comes to safeguarding the personal data of passengers.  Maybe this should be expected since TSA advertises job vacancies on pizza boxes.]

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