TSA spreads its wings beyond U.S. airports

Freedom New Mexico Weren’t airport pat downs enough? The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its reach of checkpoints and control far beyond protecting airports. “TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal […]

TSA needs privatization, not union

Freedom New Mexico If you think the Transportation Security Administration is pushy and intrusive, just wait until they unionize. Tuesday was the last day 44,000 TSA workers vote on whether they will join a union. The results will be announced today. A ‘yea’ vote widely is expected. Workers also are voting on whether to join […]

Confiscated airport goods going to waste

By Freedom New Mexico Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate […]

Government hinders advances in airline security

By Freedom New Mexico Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely […]

Easing of airline restrictions dose of common sense

Freedom Newspapers Milton Friedman once said “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” Although there are no, or at least very few, absolutes in the world, this one comes pretty close. Absent any built-in sunset provisions, government programs, rules and regulations continue long after they’ve served their purpose. With that in mind, we […]

Common sense and bureaucracy rarely meet

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately at our church we’ve been studying the “fruits of the Spirit.” We plan to talk about “Patience” soon, but I think I need the lesson right now! Recently, I had under my care a genuine, certifiable, hurricane refugee (excuse me, “evacuee”). She was and is my sister, flown up to […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Political correctness undermines security

Walter E. Williams Several airport security screeners have sent me polite letters criticizing some of my comments in my last two columns, prompting this question to you: In managing our personal security, should we guard against possible or probable threats? Consider the measures and the resource expenditures I might take to guard Mrs. Williams and […]

Airport security needs new standards

By Walter Williams Hundreds of readers responded to last week’s column about airport security. These were letters from Americans who fit no terrorist profile — airline pilots, mothers traveling with children, disabled people, elderly and other law-abiding Americans — and yet were frisked, groped and hassled. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) behaves as if all […]

Flight-screening methods nonsensical

By Walter Williams For most of my professional life, I’ve traveled frequently — sometimes boarding a commercial flight two, three or four times a month for lucrative speaking engagements. Over the past three years, the frequency has fallen to an average of once or twice a year. The reason is simple. I don’t want to […]