Posts: 5561
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2001 8:27 pm

TSA No Better Than Private Screeners

Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:17 am

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.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
Posts: 6442
Joined: Tue Mar 28, 2000 4:07 pm

RE: TSA No Better Than Private Screeners

Fri Apr 23, 2004 3:24 am

How about want with TSA pulled off with those US Airports now and let's bring with visitors back into the concourses again.
Posts: 4942
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2001 12:50 pm

RE: TSA No Better Than Private Screeners

Fri Apr 23, 2004 3:41 am

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.
Posts: 29881
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 1999 11:27 am

RE: TSA No Better Than Private Screeners

Fri Apr 23, 2004 3:52 am

Why does this surprise anybody.

All the government did was hire the morons that where doing it before, give them spiffy new uniforms and a larger paycheck. All that did was give the lot of them a "Hitler" complex.
Posts: 552
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2001 6:46 am

RE: TSA No Better Than Private Screeners

Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:35 am

Scotty, I'm very strongly against letting visitors to the concourses again! See other threads about that issue.

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

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