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Return Airport Security to the Airlines

Written by John Odermatt on November 8, 2013

In June we reported that a former TSA agent was arrested on felony cocaine charges. This week WKBW reported that Todd Stoddard received a very lenient sentence when he was sentenced to up to five years probation.

I’m not a lawyer, but that seems like a very minimal sentence for being charged with six counts related to possession, sale, and use of cocaine. Apparently, there must be some legal perks that come with TSA employment. On top of that, if Mr. Stoddard has any trouble finding work, he could always find a job working as an ObamaCare navigator.

When a TSA agent screws up, it reflects poorly on the entire organization. This is not unique to the TSA, the private sector deals with the same headaches when one of their own brings shame to the organization.

In the private sector, when this occurs, customers may choose to use the services of a competitor. The TSA does not face these consequences. They are the only gig in town. If you want to fly on an airplane, then you must go through their security theater gauntlet. There is no other option. This results in a rigid system that does not respond to customer’s desires.

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5 thoughts on “Return Airport Security to the Airlines

  1. Harry Thompson says:

    Outsource airport security to the Israeli airport security forces; they`d square away any problems in a minute.

  2. If they were subject to the rules we use, they wouldn't accept the contract. They only care WHAT gets on the plane to the extent it is useful profiling WHO gets on the plane.
    You are right that their approach is inherently better than what the TSA does, but there are plenty of US military and law enforcement that are qualified, but not allowed to profile.

  3. Just about anything would be better than the present Terrorist Support Agency (TSA).

  4. I've been saying the same for years. Then the public will decide who is safest & quickest at the right price.

  5. They might ask that licensed gun carriers get aboard.