Two months following the 9/11 attacks, President Bush created the TSA and expected them to hire, train, and staff every airport in the United States within a year. The result: low paying, low quality jobs performed by people that don’t seem to give a damn about their job. “TSA’s greatest asset is its people. TSA recruits and employs a diverse workforce with a range of talents tailored to our operating environments,” TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said. Eh, that seems superficial. One walk through TSA security at an airport will reveal the glum, apathetic agents that contemplate quitting as they frisk another innocent passenger.
The concept of “Security Theater” is usually tossed around this topic, and the TSA is just that. Useful security measures were taken after 9/11 including reinforcing cockpit doors, positive bag matching (passengers cannot load luggage and then not board the plane), a great expansion in the number of armed air marshals on flight, and improvements in intelligence agencies. Unfortunately, passengers cannot see those measures and therefore don’t feel safe. This is when the TSA puts on its [not so] glamorous performance.
Billions upon billions of dollars have been and continue to be expended on the TSA. That’s one expensive show, and for what? A seemingly pointless, time consuming “security measure” that isn’t even performing what it was intended to do.