Monday, November 22, 2010

Get Rid of TSA Director John Pistole Because there is a Solution

In light of the nightmare conducted by TSA employees, the Director John Pistole is adamant that security screening is here to stay. The inconvenience of removing our shoes, separating liquid into plastic bags, placing laptops and backpack in a separate tote is tolerable, but subjecting to harmful x'rays and physical grope-down is another story. There is a better way to travel, and it is not through pageantry. Most of the problem occurred outside this country by non-Americans and not from a passenger flying from Orlando to Los Angeles. Since pageantry is a must at the security checkpoint, it gives the passengers a false sense of security. In my personal travels, I see many TSA employees standing around looking official. Like every federal employee, it is the government expansion for job security.

The list below came via email. It gives a brilliant idea how security should be handled at the airports. These ideas would make TSA Director John Pistole's job obsolete. Finally, we no longer have to endure inefficient x'rays and intrusive pat down, ever!

The TSA Solution for Better Travel
1) Mass spectrometry devices: They're already in use at some secure federal facilities and are known for the blast of air they release in the detection process. Unlike the full-body scanners, these can detect bomb materials in body cavities and leave little room for human error.

2) Intelligence-based assessments: The method the Israeli airline El-Al employs to keep terrorists off its planes. This requires personnel trained assessing a traveler's threat level through a series of questions designed to evoke emotion.

3) Profiling: The method most recently endorsed by columnist Charles Krauthammer in a Washington Post op-ed. "...95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary," he wrote. "The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling -- when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches."