Forbes is recommending it and I second the motion. The TSA has never caught one terrorist. It has, however, harrassed millions of people every year. And made them jump through absurd hoops that are pointless. As the terrorists always figure out something else. We should go back the the pre-911 security screenings and stop this insanity which is gone way past the point of reason.
The media and government have been preying on people’s irrational fears. We shouldn’t let them do that as they use it as an excuse to take away our liberties. The very idea that you can’t bring your own shampoo or toothpaste in a certain size in your luggage is ridiculous.
Bipartisan support should be immediate. For fiscal conservatives, it’s hard to come up with a more wasteful agency than the TSA. For privacy advocates, eliminating an organization that requires you to choose between a nude body scan or genital groping in order to board a plane should be a no-brainer.
But won’t that compromise safety? I doubt it. The airlines have enormous sums of money riding on passenger safety, and the notion that a government bureaucracy has better incentives to provide safe travels than airlines with billions of dollars worth of capital and goodwill on the line strains credibility. This might be beside the point: in 2003, William Anderson incisively argued that some of the steps that airlines (and passengers) would have needed to take to prevent the 9/11 disaster probably would have been illegal.
The odds of dying from a terrorist attack are much lower than the odds of dying from doing any of a number of incredibly mundane things we do every day. You are almost certainly more likely to die or be injured driving to the airport than you are to be injured by a terrorist once you’re in the air, even without a TSA. Indeed, once you have successfully made it to the airport, the most dangerous part of your trip is over. Until it’s time to drive home, that is.
The TSA has been a joke since its inception and it is a huge drain on the tax payer. Enough.