Airport Screening Policy: Repression or Discretion?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by THawk996, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. THawk996

    THawk996 Original Member

    Some interesting tidbits from the article: Airport Screening Policy: Repression or Discretion?
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This sounds to me like the lazy man's version of affirmative action.

    This article really get to the heart of why TSA is so screwed up. However, I don't share it's optimism that it's repairable. There is just too much dead weight & inertia at this point.
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    The first thing I noticed was:

    When will people learn that this was not the cause of 9/11?

    Then there is this gem by the increasingly-out-of-touch Nico:

    The author has this correct:

    Finally, regarding Pissy, there is this statement:

    Of course, if he is relying on Francine's interpretation of what is constitutional and not violative of civil rights.......
  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Discretion gone wild:
    To summarize from a free dictionary on the test for "abuse of discretion": First, was the decision-making act under the limits of their authority? Second, was there a clear error of judgment? Third, was procedure followed?
    Abuse of discretion. Let me count the ways...
  5. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    The author of this article is going way down the wrong track.

    Step back a moment and think what screening for commercial air travel should be. X-ray of belongings, walk through / hand held metal detectors, and Explosive Trace Detection / Explosive Trace Portals. Nothing more, nothing less. I make fun of the TSA's employment ads on pizza boxes because it flies in the face of the constant self-promotion and pretending to be something they aren't. But staring at a x-ray screen or directing people through a metal detector is a sucky, boring job.

    It doesn't require the "best and brightest" and a strong argument could be made that this is the kind of work that people should generally rotate out of and into other forms of employment after a couple of years. I'm sure there are people that would find being a screener enjoyable work, and they may decide to do this for a good portion of their working life. That's fine, and there are plenty of job markets where unskilled workers stay in the same place for years.

    Seriously, why should any thought be given on how to get someone with a criminal justice degree into the ranks of Behavior Detection voodoo practitioners?
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    His solution might be way off track, but he's really nailed the problem: It's the people, stupid. Or is it the stupid people? When you have to use the bulbs as they come out of the box at the thrift store (the better bulbs having been sold in their previous store), you'll get a few bright ones and lots of dim bug lamps.
  7. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Stupid or smart, they need to have clear rules for everyone's sake. Lack of clear procedure results not only in the opportunity for abuse but also in the ability to mask criminal operations.

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