Letter to the Editor: TSA Doesn’t Need Any More Obstacles

Letter to the Editor: TSA Doesn’t Need Any More Obstacles

January 06, 2010
Originally published in The Washington Examiner

The Examiner was right to oppose unionizing the Transportation Security Administration, which would harm airline security and reduce its effectiveness.

But the TSA is not very effective to begin with. In tests, TSA screeners missed fake bombs 75 percent of the time in Los Angeles and 60 percent in Chicago, compared with a failure rate of 20 percent for private screeners in San Francisco, according to a leaked classified report.

Union demands may actually do more harm to railroad safety. The Obama administration is gutting Amtrak’s expert, highly rated counterterrorism unit. Why? Because it is non-unionized, and thus opposed by unionized Amtrak officers who had alarmingly low pass rates in basic counterterrorism classes.