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.