Private Security Screening: Burden of Proof is Now on TSA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Main thrust of article is that Springfield-Branson (MO) wants to opt out of TSA screening, but it's the details that are interesting ...

    KSPR: Springfield-Branson Nat'l Airport mulling options as new FAA law eases restrictions on private security: President Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act last week

  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Interesting but I don't know that this will make things any better.

    Passing through EYW a couple of weeks ago and the private psuedo-smurfs pulled three out of the four people in the last group apparently so they could demonstrate their pat down skills following the training they had a half hour earlier.
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  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I'm sure not. But what gets me is WHY the resistance from TSA?
    Deals with the Union? Empire? Control? Liability? Cartels? I've wondered why TSA has fought so hard to prevent expansion of private security. I'm sure there is a really bad reason.
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    If they're doing the gropes the same way the TSA is, then I don't see how this is an improvement.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I don't see contract screening as being better unless perhaps airport authorities think they can have a little bit of say in how things are done in their airports. We all know that TSA is not responsive, not even to Congress, so this may be the only way to regain some control of a bad situation.
  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I'm getting a "reverse incrementalism" vibe here. I agree with Lisa in that right now, if gropedowns are identical to those performed by Terrorists Searching Americans, that it's not any better.

    But it's a foot in the door and it lowers the barrier of entry for private firms. As more and more public outrage grows against TSA, private security firms will want to cash in on it and will start putting in bids. Also, as more and more incredulity mounts as a result of TSA abject stupidi- that is, TSA SOP, the reasons why private security "isn't good enough" won't be taken as seriously as TSA is used to and would want.

    Sometimes you bring down a wall by chipping away a little piece at a time. And it only takes tapping one domino to knock down a whole chain of them.

    I think, though, that this is a break-even-at-worst scenario. Granted, breaking even is pretty bad with the current state of TSA, but at least it's not "Pissy and Nappy got married, became quiverfulls, and are expected to have 25 foul, misbegotten demon-spawn who will all be seeking careers in politics."
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Representative Sheila Jackson Lee is too stupid to be allowed to continue to hold any sort of office that involves authority and/or responsibility.

    9/11 had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with "privatized screeners" failing at anything. No "prohibited items" were employed on the aircraft, as "box cutters" and "knives" were not "prohibited" at that time.
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

  9. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Except she also said, "I see nothing that's changed today," and that's right. That's a criticism of the TSA.
  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Not really, since screening had nothing whatsoever to do with the results.
  11. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    The private contractors at EYW were nearly indistinguishable from TSA screeners. Same uniform and badges as TSA sans the TSA emblems. I suspect most travelers wouldn't notice that the epaulet didn't have TSA embroidered on it. Even the arm patch was configured to look like the DHS patch but had the security firm's name, Covenant I think.

    I'm sure most folks assumed they were TSA screeners, as did my wife, until I pointed out the differences.
  12. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    This is the same twit that asked controllers at JPL to move the Mars Rover to the Apollo 11 site.
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