More at link: http://blogs.forbes.com/artcarden/2010/ ... h-the-tsa/The Republicans control the House of Representatives and are bracing for a long battle over the Presidentâ€™s health care proposal. In the spirit of bipartisanship and sanity, I propose that the first thing on the chopping block should be an ineffective organization that wastes money, violates our rights, and encourages us to make decisions that imperil our safety. Iâ€™m talking about the Transportation Security Administration.
Bipartisan support should be immediate. For fiscal conservatives, itâ€™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 wonâ€™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.
We certainly need to write, call, and hassle our Senators and Congressman, trying to get them to tackle this. Unless of course our Federal Representatives like Big Government, more intrusion, and loss of our rights. Which is a possibility.
Also, if you have to fly, and you know you are going to strip naked for them, because you won't walk through the scanner, take the time to pen, in Sharpie, an appropriate message across your chest, and your back if you have any help. Use your imagination. Have fun with it.