Everyone knows that if you want to travel by airplane post 9/11 you’re going to have to go through airport security, which means dealing with the TSA. They are tasked with protecting aircrafts and keeping the skies safe. This sounds terrific until it’s pointed out they are ineffective and a major inconvenience.
Costing taxpayers over 7 billion a year, the TSA is simply a money sink and completely useless. When tested, they fail a surprisingly higher number of hits on restricted items like knives, guns, and even explosives. Internal tests conducted by the Department of Homeland Security a year ago successfully smuggled prohibited items 67 out of 70 times through them.
The TSA also creates risks by tightly grouping people in very long lines while waiting to go through security. They also potentially cost lives as people choose alternate forms of transportation which is statistically more dangerous than pre TSA flights.
As complaints rise against the TSA for the long security checkpoint times, they introduced a program in an attempt to alleviate the wait. For an extra fee and if the airport supports it, you can purchase a service called the PreCheck. With it you won’t have to remove shoes or belt, take laptops out of back packs, or many of the other things you normally would have to do without PreCheck.
Prior to the creation of the TSA, in many airports, you were able to walk your family member to the terminal. You could sit at the gate with them and, when the time came, they would board the plane and you could watch them depart. Today you can only do that if there are special circumstances that allow for it.
Realistically, the need for the TSA isn’t there and therefore a waste of money. The airports should have the choice of adding extra security if they feel the need. Even with the TSA, a hijacking will still happen but passengers are more likely to stand up and fight back. With security doors placed on pilots cabin there is no way for hijackers to gain access even if they manage to subdue the crew. It’s stupid we still have the TSA considering they are mostly for show and provide no benefit, only false security.
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