The TSA is the new DMV.
The wait times are excruciating, and some cities are considering privatizing their TSA to speed up checkpoints. Accuracy is a major problem for the TSA as well, with a recent audit of their accuracy showing that undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials.
That’s unsettling, and it’s hardly the only security problem. Even if terrorists weren’t able to sneak anything past the TSA, it wouldn’t prevent them from entering the airport at all. That was certainly shown to be the case in Instanbul recently.
If they were able to cause as much carnage as they did without having to deal with a security line, why not just move the security line outside where travelers and their vehicles can be searched?
Aviation security expert Denny Kelly said that “everyone’s talking about it,” but that it’s not likely to come to fruition, just because of the cost and the inconvenience. He told CBS DFW
“They’re talking about it in terms of, ‘Can we do this? And if we do it, what’s it going to cost us?’”
“People are going to be late for their flights and miss their flights,” he said. “Even then it’s not gonna work because if someone is willing to give up their life, you’re not gonna stop them by putting a mirror under their car,” he said.
The idea has repeatedly come up in security discussions, but Kelly says it is unlikely to ever become reality.
Simply moving the security perimeter to outside the airport isn’t going to do anything to stop terrorists from committing mass murder. It’s the same concept as gun control. It might sound good in theory, but in the real world, criminals will always find a way around, and the ones who end up having to deal with the absurdly ineffective and inefficient bureaucratic mess are the law-abiding citizens.
If they were to do this, and they actually were able to stop a terrorist from committing mass murder, that would be a first for the TSA.
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