In a new report released Monday evening by The Hill, it is noted that although it may appear the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is doing its job providing airport security, evidence to the contrary abounds.
The agency still has not fully deployed the almost foolproof full-body scanners, which would eliminate the need for every passenger to be physically searched.
In addition, the report states that the TSA standards are “bottom-of-the-barrel” in terms of hiring and training TSA screeners, and slams the “inexcusable record of failure” with the suggestion that the TSA should be abolished and its duties turned over to well-trained law enforcement professionals and officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Many TSA high-level supervisors, from airport directors to agency administrators have been forced out for overall poor performance. This kind of bad management trickles down to the rank and file, which is another reason so many TSA screeners have been fired while others arrested for various criminal schemes ranging from theft of passenger valuables at checkpoints or baggage areas, to drug smuggling.
The Hill further reports:
In a 2016 survey by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (IG), the TSA missed 95 percent of the weapons and assorted contraband carried into commercial aircraft cabins by undercover investigators. A notable example this year suggested the TSA still has serious shortcomings despite the red flag: JetBlue TSA checkpoints at New York’s Kennedy Airport were left unattended by agency employees, creating a frantic law enforcement search for people who had boarded and flown without being screened.
Adding insult to injury, the TSA announced that it will be gradually increasing its highly intrusive personal frisks of passengers, primarily because the agency keeps missing prohibited items brought by travelers on their person or in carry-on luggage.