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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.