MN Public Radio: TSA can't prove airport screens do any good The Transportation Security Administration employee who selects you for special screening at the airport is supposed to have a good reason for doing so. But is it true? According to a recent federal report, the agency has never studied the effectiveness of its own billion-dollar effort and does not have a centralized training program to ensure that passengers aren't being chosen for illegal reasons, such as race or religion. As reported by the New York Times, "As a result of the T.S.A.'s ineffective oversight of the program, it 'cannot ensure that passengers at U.S. airports are screened objectively,' the report said."