One week ago a new petition appeared on the White House’s website, the petition is to “Abolish the TSA, and use its monstrous budget to fund more sophisticated, less intrusive counter-terrorism intelligence.” To date, this petition has received more than 24,000 supporters … which leads to the question of “Why?”
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has grown at an alarming rate, seemingly answers to no one and appears to operate outside the law, but the agency need not be abolished, it needs to be overhauled. A transformed TSA that is effective, mission focused and accountable is what aviation security needs.
For those who believe the TSA needs to be abolished what do you propose replace the TSA? At what cost do you propose your new agency replace the TSA? Prior to the TSA, airport security in the United States, while privatized, was overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Air Marshals were part of the FAA. Airport security and aviation security in the U.S. needs to be realistic and regulated within an agency that often has limitless power, as well transportation security needs to stay within a normalized and justified budget.
Wondering what aviation security costs in the United States? Read this detailed blog post from July 2010 – What Is The True Cost Of U.S. Airport Security?
So as you ponder the abolishment of the TSA start coming up with idea for what you envision replacing the TSA. The answer to what would replace an abolished TSA is simple … the TSA would replaced with the TSA.
If you are considering signing a petition on the White Houses’ website to abolish the TSA, keep this in mind. If you want the TSA abolished you need to petition your Congressional Representative, not the President of the United States. If you want to change the TSA, which is what needs to happen, contact your representatives on The Hill, let your voice be heard.