By Ron Paul
February 04, 2019 "Information
as it is to believe, airline travel recently
became even more unpleasant. Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) employees
being required to work without pay for the
duration of the government shutdown resulted
in many TSA workers calling in sick. The
outbreak of “shutdown flu” among TSA
employees forced some large airports to
restrict the number of places mandatory TSA
screenings were performed, making going
through screening even more time-consuming
and providing one more reason to shut down
Airline security should be provided by airlines and airports. Private businesses, such as airlines, have an incentive to ensure their customers’ safety without treating them like criminal suspects or worse. Security personnel hired by, and accountable to, airlines would not force a nursing mother to drink her own breast milk or steal a stuffed lamb from a wheelchair-using three-year-old and subject the child to such an intensive screening that she cries “I don’t want to go to Disneyworld.” Those who claim that the TSA is necessary to keep us safe should consider that the Department of Homeland Security’s own studies show that TSA’s screenings and even the intrusive pat-downs are ineffective at discovering hidden guns, explosives, and other weapons.
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