Profile photo of Peter Steinmetz

Peter Steinmetz

Are there any limits on TSA intrusiveness?

The recent reports that the TSA is planning even more intrusive pat-downs raises an important question — what are the limits on on the intrusiveness of TSA procedures? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-03/u-s-airport-pat-downs-are-about-to-get-more-invasive Unfortunately, since the TSA has NEVER attempted a rational cost-benefit analysis of their procedures, it is pretty difficult to see what those limits would be. It…

Continue reading

Is passing through an unmanned checkpoint illegal?

An interesting question is whether the people who passed through this unmanned checkpoint without being screened commit any crime or violate any regulation? http://bigstory.ap.org/7bbbd0c3ea1948b7bc109f9122f7cdd0 Of course, the idea of the TSA screening them after they get off their flights perfectly illustrates the absurdity of the TSA as a whole. How could such post-flight screening possibly…

Continue reading

We Don’t Need the TSA Expanding To Other Sites

The last thing needed in the US is the TSA expanding their failed model – massive screening of innocent passengers – to other modes of transportation. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-26/congress-wants-the-tsa-to-help-secure-amtrak-and-buses As documented extensively on this site, massive screening of innocent passengers simply cannot work effectively to prevent terrorist attacks. It is a very sad state of affairs that…

Continue reading

Serious Abuse of a Patient by TSA

This sort of abuse is much more likely in a corrupt system like the TSA, which has no real useful purpose. The best solution is to privatize airline security and then people will have a choice to avoid systems that produce outcomes like this. http://wreg.com/2016/06/30/disabled-st-jude-patient-sues-airport-and-tsa-after-bloody-scuffle-with-airport-police/

Widening security perimeters won’t improve airport security.

Opinion page at CNN on why including even more areas at the airport after TSA security won’t improve security. widen-perimeters-of-airport-security-opinion Unfortunately, the attacks in Brussels demonstrated a point we have often made — the long lines to check through TSA are actually an attractive target for attacks. This is one of the ways that the…

Continue reading

Spending more time and lengthening lines won’t help

In light of their dismal performance in identifying contraband, the TSA has now lengthened waiting lines even further: Lines at TSA Checkpoints Getting Longer. Unfortunately, given the extremely rare nature of terrorists attacks on airlines and the limits on possible effectiveness of these types of searches, mass screening of innocent travelers can never work. It…

Continue reading

Skip to toolbar