The one thing that I won’t enjoy about the travel tech support position, should I ever hear back from the company and actually end up hired by them, will be the need to fly around the country due to the idiotic TSA. Now we get word that for all the money that’s been spent airport security isn’t any better than it was pre-9/11:
Last week, reports from several government departments confirmed what most business travelers and other frequent fliers already knew: after spending more than $5 billion in federal funds on the agency, airport security is hardly any better now than it was before 9/11.
Created to impose tight federal control over commercial airport security after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the agency continues to get failing or barely passing grades. Covert screening tests by the Government Accountability Office and the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security showed virtually no improvement in overall screener performance since similarly poor performance reviews last year, said Representative John L. Mica, the Florida Republican who is chairman of the House aviation subcommittee.
“Over the last three and a half years, we have spent billions of dollars creating a Soviet-style centralized bureaucracy that has resulted in great inefficiencies and inflexibility, with little improvement in screener effectiveness,” Mr. Mica, a long-time critic of the agency, said in a statement last week.
In its reply, the agency said that it needed more money to improve performance with better technology, like new machines for detection of explosives.
About the only thing that has come out of this bloated new bureaucracy is honest employment for people who enjoy taking whatever they want from the luggage of passengers with the excuse that it might be used for terrorism. You can’t even be certain you’ve packed properly because the official list of banned items carries a stipulation that says the idiots screening you can decide on a whim to not allow anything they want to go on the plane so the official list is all but useless.
Found via ***Dave’s blog.