Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District
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May 24, 2016
ICYMI: Rep. Issa in CNN Opinion: TSA Is A Mess. Let’s Privatize It.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wrote an article featured in CNN Opinion this morning arguing that amidst reports of nightmarish security lines at the airport, TSA should consider getting out of the airport security screening business altogether.

Here are some of the highlights. You can also check out the full length piece on CNN.com

“These firestorms online and in the media [over the growing lines at the airport] have brought new attention to our broken airport security system, a problem that has been slowly growing for years. But if we want to fix it, the solution couldn’t be any simpler: let’s get the TSA out of the airport screening business altogether.”

“Last year, an internal investigation revealed that undercover agents were able to sneak mock explosives or banned weapons through the agency’s security checkpoints a whopping 95% of the time. And in the real world, the results with actual air travelers were similar. Since 2001, the TSA has suffered more than 25,000 security breaches (an average of over 200 per month) where passengers were able either to gain access to restricted areas of an airport or get items on board without proper examination.”

“Taken together, these reports prove what many of us have suspected all along. The Transportation Security Administration’s screening procedures project only the illusion of increased safety — in reality, they provide little protection.”

“Ultimately, allowing private companies to take over administration of our airports’ security, under the TSA’s guidelines, would unleash the markets’ power of innovation to improve customer service and undo years of bureaucracy that has squandered billions of dollars dedicated to airport security and done much to make traveling more miserable.”

“No system will completely eliminate the problems we face when it comes to transportation security, but we can surpass the low bar set by the TSA. By opening up the system to competition and new ideas, we’ll be able to undo some of the problems passengers have faced and make the skies friendly once again.”

Read the rest of the piece here.

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