Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6199 posts, RR: 12 Posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
Report: Airport Screeners Perform Poorly
By LESLIE MILLER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Airport security screeners perform poorly whether they're employed by the government or a private company, the Homeland Security Department's chief investigator told Congress on Thursday.
In written testimony submitted to the House aviation subcommittee, Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin said Transportation Security Administration screeners and privately contracted airport workers "performed about the same, which is to say, equally poorly."
His report, as well as a study by the consulting firm Bearing Point, portrayed the TSA as an unresponsive, inflexible bureaucracy that is failing to provide an adequate level of security at airports.
Congress created the TSA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to replace the privately employed screeners with a better-paid, better-trained federal work force. But lawmakers also gave airports the option of returning to private screeners next Nov. 19, three years after President Bush (news - web sites) signed the bill into law.
Congress also ordered five commercial airports to use privately employed screeners who are hired, trained, paid and tested to TSA standards to serve as a comparison to the federal employees. Those airports are in San Francisco; Rochester, N.Y.; Tupelo, Miss.; Jackson, Wyo.; and Kansas City, Mo.
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Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5065 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2063 times:
I have to disagree. When the screeners were private, the bags going through the x-ray machine went down the conveyer belt like cars on an assembly line.
Now, the screeners usually take each bag under the x-ray device 2 or 3 times.
Also, the TSA screeners can speak English, which was often not the case for private screeners.
But I do agree that the bureaucracy has made procedures very inflexible. My wife carried our 6-month old son through the metal detector and set it off. They had to find a male screener to pat him down. If his mother bathes him and changes his diaper, then I don't see the harm in a woman patting him down.