Surprise, surprise! Another report just released today shows that the TSA is yet again incapable of catching explosives that terrorists could try to get through airport security. And how is this different from another report on TSA incompetence released in October? Look behind the headlines, and you will see that there needs to be a serious re-evaluation of how airport security is to be done, either by putting private security guards on the lines who keep their jobs if they do well or by moving towards a more risk-based approach that doesn’t treat all passengers like criminals. Some will decry this as profiling, but the simple fact is that grandma with her knitting needles is not a major threat to security.
Ben Dachis is a policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. His research involves aviation, airport, urban land use and transportation economics and privatization.
He was a research fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, a Toronto based public policy think tank, before joining Reason. He has published commentaries on the aviation industry for the C.D. Howe Institute and the National Post. He has also worked as a research assistant on studies of urban land use and regional economic development.
Dachis completed his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Toronto and has an MSc in Regional Science from the London School of Economics.