(NationalSentinel) Most Americans agree that we want to be safe when we fly, but many also agree that the Transportation Security Administration is much more of an impediment to travel than a help.
Inefficiency coupled with inappropriate behavior and sexually assaulting pat downs have given the TSA a well-deserved lousy reputation. And now a just-released report from Capitol Hill gives Congress and the Trump administration new ammunition to do away with the TSA and hand airport security back to private contractors with a real incentive to do a better job.
The House Homeland Security Committee released a report Monday finding a lack of employee screening and vetting for those working in the TSA – uncovering examples of “insider threats” within America’s airports.
The committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security, which authored the report titled “America’s Airports: The Threat from Within,” said it had launched an extensive, bipartisan investigation.
That found many airport staff are able to bypass the traditional screening requirements that travelers visiting the airports undergo.
“This report is the result of two years of intense oversight efforts –at a time when we face increased threats from homegrown radicalization and lone-wolf terrorism, we must ensure that our airport access controls are strong and that we are doing all we can to mitigate the insider threat to aviation security,” Chairman of the subcommittee Rep. John Katko, R-NY, said in a statement.
The investigation said we should worry about insiders detonating bombs at airports as well as smuggling drugs, guns and explosives.
Fox News noted further:
The report concluded that without a comprehensive background check for employees, TSA does not have the ability to screen for individuals who may “harbor ill-will” toward the United States, or have connections to individuals who do.
“America’s aviation sector remains a crown jewel of ISIS and other terrorist groups targeting our homeland,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement.
Fact is, if the agency is not living up to the standards Americans expect, it needs to go away and be replaced by free-market competitors for airport security.