We’ve all been talking about the ineptitude of the TSA. JayG and Gay_Cynic even got together and wrote a joint post about it. You’ve seen my suggestions of how to handle it if you are picked for groping.
But this is my suggestion for the airports. You know airports can opt of using TSA all together right?
So hire your own security, and do it like Texas. Everyone that has been through the local, state, and FBI background check to qualify to carry a concealed firearm gets waived through. Concealed weapon and all. This will increase the efficiency because a number of people won’t need to be scanned and can just bypass the whole mess. The only reason not to do this would be if the system is specifically intended to inconvenience the law abiding.
Actual security would be provided at no additional cost to the airline, the passengers, or the tax payers. We’ve already seen that airline passengers are willing and ready to take on a potential terrorist. Why not trust the same people that are trusted on the ground to do the same thing in the sky? And yes, explosive decompression is a myth. Mythbusters busted that one already.
Conceal carry permit holders have already been screened far more thoroughly than the TSA employees themselves. It’s only logical that I should be afforded the ability to protect myself just as well in the air as I am on the ground. Unless, of course, the goal of the TSA and DHS has nothing at all to do with security. Maybe the real truth of the matter is that the goal of the TSA is normalize the herding of people as though we were cattle. Maybe the goal has far more to do with compliance than protection. It’s for your own good after all.
We are not cattle.