TSA Chief Disregarded Advice Telling Him To Socialize New Security Screening With Airline Passengers Before Implementation

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Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Monday that he disregarded internal advice and decided not tell the public in advance about aggressive new screening and pat-down procedures for airline passengers, fearing terrorists could try to exploit the information.

In retrospect, the decision was probably a mistake.  The whole thing has been a TSA public relations nightmare.  

But we don’t know whether terrorists could have taken advantage of an advance warning.  I want the head of the TSA to be making tough decisions aimed at avoiding exploding airliners instead of making CYA calculations to avoid “a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers and passengers who claim the technology and aggressive searches are unnecessary, intrusive and a violation of their privacy rights.”

As a fairly frequent flier (lowest level United Premier) the new screening will impact me more than most, and I don’t understand what the ruckus is.  Look, I agree that the whole airport security thing is extraordinarily annoying and undignified, and I would rather not have some TSA guy grabbing my junk as the price for flying to wherever my job takes me.  I also think it is fairly ridiculous that frequent fliers such as me get about the same level of screening as an 18 year old first time flier from Yemen. 

But I would rather deal with the annoyance and intrusion of aggressive airport security than watch the nose cone of an airliner come through my 41st floor office window.

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

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