TSA doesn't shut down the spotter area's. Again that is the Airport Police that do that. They do that because of this stupid rainbow color coded warning system. Of course they are going to pass the buck. Why accept responsibility when you can blame somebody else? I've talked with the head of the TSA
in GRR and he said that anything outside the terminal is not his problem. He is concerned with what and who get's through his checkpoints. Like you stated the TSA
has been enacted to provide better security. If a pilot is causing or may cause a security problem then they have the right to take action. From what i've heard from our Flight Instructors and our own security personal the FAA still has the absolute power to revoke a license. What the TSA
does is takes it away like a parent would a teenagers driving license. They can't revoke it that power is up to the Secertary of State. But unlike the parental authority the FAA can give the license back to the pilot if the circumstances warrant.
I feel very strongly on the topic of the TSA
and what they do. I know most of them in GRR very well and they are good people just doing their job. In GRR the job the TSA
is doing is a million times better than Argenbright and Globe ever did. Constantly long lines at the checkpoints, took forever to scan the checked baggage. Our flights were constantly delayed because they didn't have enough agents to man the checkpoints. It was a total joke. Now we have the TSA
and flying has never been better. Most of the critics on here don't deal with them on a day in and day out basis. They didn't know the problem before the TSA
took over. All they do is show up at an airport and see the TSA
looking through a bag or hand wanding a person and go "oh look at that poor old lady and what they are doing to her!" They are doing their job, they are doing what they were hired to do. They do their job way better than how it was done before. The TSA
gets their rules from the FAA. So if you have a problem go to the FAA and complain to them or your congressman/woman. Like all agencies, government or not, they have their faults. But unless you know first hand what it was like before don't complain!!!