The TSA’s use­ful­ness

Re “Time for the TSA to go?,” Opin­ion, June 5

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPINION -

It is highly dis­turb­ing and un­ac­cept­able that Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion agents failed to de­tect 95% of firearms and ex­plo­sives con­cealed by op­er­a­tives in tests.

Worse, the TSA di­rec­tor was re­as­signed rather than re­moved from govern­ment em­ploy­ment. The so­lu­tion, of course, is to re­move the costly bu­reau­cracy and lay­ers of use­less ad­min­is­tra­tion im­ped­ing Home­land Se­cu­rity and the TSA. Surely, there is no place for bloated, over-reach­ing in­com­pe­tency, abuse of au­thor­ity or dere­lic­tion of duty from those re­spon­si­ble for our na­tional se­cu­rity.

In terms of the TSA, it should be re­placed by air­port se­cu­rity di­vi­sions of lo­cal law en­force­ment— such as the air­port po­lice cov­er­ing Los An­ge­les air­ports— which could be ex­tended to pas­sen­ger screen­ing and com­plete se­cu­rity at air­ports. Our se­cu­rity de­mands it. Daniel B. Jeffs

Ap­ple Val­ley

Scott Ol­son Getty Im­ages

A SIGN at O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port di­rects trav­el­ers to a check­point staffed by TSA agents.

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