To paraphrase another poster, "you get what you pay for."
Taking people who should be flipping burgers at McDonald's and giving them any degree of power, responsibility and a uniform and is just begging for a gigantic bureaucratic nightmare and disaster.
Look for more U.S. carriers to go bust because of this additional hurdle to business and for this so-called "safety measure" to cost the U.S. more in tourism income.
Facit: The TSA is a giant abortion and belongs on the scrap heap of history along with the current president.
To get a snapshot of how the U.S. majors are performing economically, here is a summary of 3Q results that came out over the last week... still 3 carriers to report. I believe most if not all of these include the federal security reimbursements:
DL - $164 million LOSS, $2.7 bil. unrestricted cash (3Q '02 was $326 mil. LOSS)
US - $90 mil. LOSS, $1.38 bil. unrestricted cash (3Q '02 was $225 mil. LOSS)
NW - $42 mil. PROFIT, $2.8 bil. unrestricted cash (3Q '02 was $46 mil. LOSS)
CO - $33 mil. PROFIT (excludes $100 mil. gain from selling ExpressJet stock), $1.3 bil. unrestricted cash (3Q '02 was $37 mil. LOSS)
WN - $106 mil. PROFIT (3Q '02 was $75 mil. PROFIT), couldn't find unrestricted cash figure.
HP - $32.9 mil. PROFIT, $471 mil. unrestricted cash (3Q '02 was $49.6 mil. LOSS)
TZ - $6.6 mil. PROFIT, $197 mil. unrestricted cash (3Q '02 was $61 mil. LOSS)AA - Announcing tomorrow.
UA - Announcing 30 Oct.
Now just what makes you think they will announce a profit? All their news for the past months has been bad news...
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos