RAND analyst: TSA Procedures Need to Be Remade From Scratch

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    RAND analyst: TSA Procedures Need to Be Remade From Scratch

    The ceaseless evolution of terrorist tactics and technology poses deadly new threats that demand a fundamental and proactive review of how to secure the airplanes that two million passengers board every day in the United States. Growing passenger loads and added security procedures are already straining the resources of the Transportation Security Administration. At the same time, airline passengers have become increasingly hostile to the very measures deployed to protect them while TSA is under continuous assault in Congress.

    It is time for a new approach to meeting America's next-generation aviation security needs, one that dodges the influence of politics and bureaucracies and relies instead on the resources and objectivity of independent researchers operating from a clean slate. This would enable the government to confront the need for cost-risk trades that agencies and Congress find so difficult to acknowledge and present to the public.

    And why you're at it, privatize. One less bureaucracy is always a good thing.
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I would like to see a non-government operated/funded study of current TSA SOP procedures and an effort to validate what is currently being done.

    My suspecions would be that many things TSA is doing is a complete waste of time while important things are being completely overlooked.

    Why does TSA need a PR team with numerous PR people scattered across the country? What is the expense of this effort? Seems the CSR rep at any aiport could speak up when needed.
     
  3. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    X-ray of belongings, walk through and hand held metal detectors, explosive trace detection / explosive trace portals. Everyone goes thought the same screening to access the sterile area. Screening operations are privatized and place under FAA oversight.

    Nothing more, nothing less.
     
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  4. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I think this is true -- like bag matching and cargo screening.
     
  5. Resolution search protocols need some work, too.
     
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I agree with the title -- remake the procedures from scratch, but overall, the article was kind of a 'meh'.

    Growing passenger loads and added security procedures are already straining the resources of the Transportation Security Administration. At the same time, airline passengers have become increasingly hostile to the very measures deployed to protect them while TSA is under continuous assault in Congress.

    About passenger loads -- planes are fuller, but there are fewer flights.

    I'm not sure what that second sentence is trying to say -- that passengers shouldn't be hostile and the TSA shouldn't be under assault from Congress? Or that it's just a problem that we have to deal with?

    ...objectivity of independent researchers

    Not sure where we're going to find these. There's so much money being thrown around that I wonder if anyone is really independent.

    Bringing down a passenger airliner could have significant economic and psychological consequences and even propel the country toward military action.

    "Could have"? Er, um, I think we already know how this turned out.

    And then more blabbering.

    It's very true that airline security is very, very important, and we should have good procedures in place. I really do like the idea of starting from scratch.

    And at some point, whether we like it or not, we have to accept the fact that flying is a risk. Sometimes things happen.
     
  7. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I like the title but the writing is less than stellar. The posts at TSA News are constructed better than this and most aren't paid writers. Lisa's editing is better than this.

    I did like the cartoons in the link though.
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Bag matching is an airline function, abandoned for domestic flights years ago. On international flights, the airline can choose to separate your bags from you.
     
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    If we're talking about security from scratch, it doesn't need to be an airline function - it can be a responsibility for the airlines, or it can be the responsibility of someone else.

    And again, if we're going from scratch, then we can revisit why bag matching was abandoned (well, we know, it was because of cost) and whether or not it somehow becomes more cost-effective now. Hey, if we ditch all of those expensive machines, maybe we can use some of that money for something that might actually work.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If bags are screened, why do they need to match? Bag matching is a potential hassle for all concerned and contributes nothingto security today.
     
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