San Francisco Examiner: Ex-air safety chief calls fancy [baggage] scanners overkill In May, San Francisco International Airport began deploying millions of dollars worth of new baggage-screening machines, to be paid for by the Transportation Security Administration. Yet the agency’s former administrator calls the machines overkill and says they reflect a failure to understand the true purpose of airport security.“It’s too expensive to stop every dangerous thing,” according Kip Hawley, who ran the agency from 2005 to 2009. “We need to stop the catastrophic loss of an airplane.” The TSA is paying to find pea-sized threats when all it needs is to find baseballs, Hawley said. He says the federal government should save billions of dollars by opting for less sophisticated machines. In Hawley’s view, checked bags do not need to be searched with a fine-toothed comb, since they sit in the belly of an airplane whose metal hull is designed to withstand a wheel-less landing....The problem stems back to the creation of the TSA after 9/11, when fancy new screening machines were rolled out in a hurry at airports nationwide. Thanks to the agency’s stringent certification standards, only two companies are eligible to make the machines. Hawley said those standards should be loosened to invite competition. San Francisco Examiner: Dated TSA policies hurt security, ex-chief says If the Transportation Security Administration changed its screening protocols, it could improve airport security while simultaneously lifting pressure on overworked baggage screeners who allegedly violate security rules, the agency’s former administrator argues.Kip Hawley, who led the TSA from 2005-2009, believes the airport security system established after 9/11 is in “critical need of an overhaul.” Baggage screeners are expected to look for small items that rarely or never represent genuine threats — a tedious job that Hawley says “dulls their edge.”Instead, Hawley believes screeners should be retrained to evaluate passengers’ behavior, a technique that has made Israeli airport security the world’s best. Duh, Kippie, they've tried behavioral profiling. The problem, when you've hired 60,000 morons dumber than rocks is that they aren't capable of behavioral analysis. We do know that they can spot blacks or a chicanos across the check-in lobby and sic cops on 'em.