There is little hope that the dunces over at the Transportation Security Administration will suddenly and magically wise up anytime soon, but their latest stunt is downright baffling.
Immediately following the horrific terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans were thrust into a world of fear and anxiety. No longer did the nation feel safe, or excluded from the world of horrific religious violence that had been raging for ages in the Middle East. Now, the wolves were at the door, so to speak, and the shocked nation turned foolishly to their government for all of the answers.
Certainly, there are some facets of national security in which our government does a fairly excellent job. The military being one of the prime examples of this. The TSA, on the other hand, provides us with a real life display of government ineptitude in its highest form.
In the years following the TSA’s rollout into the nearly every airport, seaport, train and bus stop in America, complaints and exposé pieces dominated the airwaves. The TSA was simply failing at their job, having stopped exactly zero terrorists in their security charade, all the while making travel in the United States one of the most unpleasant experiences in existence.
Now, as if the inept organization couldn’t possibly do anything to further interfere with the American way of life, the wayward TSA is implementing new, expanded search procedures on the busiest travel weekend of the year.
“The Transportation Security Administration has bad news for tens of millions of Thanksgiving holiday travelers: Lines at airports may be even longer than usual as the agency tries once again to plug security holes in its baggage screening.
“TSA is scrambling to respond to yet another damning investigation of its screening effectiveness, for the second time in little more than two years. And the agency is already phasing in revised security procedures — including those for passengers’ electronic devices — that could cause “a slight increase in wait times,” new TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in an interview.
“’The procedure is new,’ Pekoske said. ‘It’s new to passengers. It’s somewhat new to our screeners.’
“But Pekoske said travelers could experience some of the longest wait times of the year on Sunday when many return home from the holiday. TSA has projected that more than 2.6 million passengers and airline crew members will be screened on Sunday alone, potentially making it one of the agency’s top five busiest days ever.”
This latest bizarre choice by the already failing organization will likely cause quite a stir among American travelers, and further perpetuate several concerns that freedom and privacy experts have expressed regarding the TSA’s incompetence.
So, as we prepare to say Grace and give thanks tomorrow, maybe we could sneak in a collective prayer for those of us who will be forced to endure airport security on their way back home.