TSA screenings flawed

Recently I was on the way to New York, taking a flight from Augusta. I am for air-travel security. But the screening was a bit too much. Actually, it was much more than during my last trip in March. There were six Transportation Security Administration employees, and it took them seven minutes to pass me in my T-shirt and shorts.

I think the former head of the TSA is right in his recent Wall Street Journal column (“Why airport security is broken – and how to fix it,” April 15) in which he said that he would have cut down on a lot of things that the TSA does had he been given a free hand. Further, if all the countries in the world do not follow the same screening protocols, what good is it if only the United States does it? Passengers get screened in other countries and get into planes and land in the United States.

For example, we just returned from a trip to China, and they did not ask us to remove our shoes or belts. It took them 30 seconds to let me through. No telling what is omitted in other countries.

It may not be a bad idea for Congress to take a second look at this situation. Save hours of passengers’ time and taxpayers’ money spent on the TSA while continuing as much screening as really needed. Also, in the 10-plus years after 9-11, screening technology has leaped forward. That should be used, perhaps in simple walkthroughs, to cut down – if not eliminate – screenings at the hands of humans.


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