Everyone knows the United States needed better security procedures at airports following the events of 9/11. (Actually, this was known well before 9/11 and the government was warned, but nothing was done about it.) So, most people were not terribly upset when the Transportation Security Administration was established two months following the tragic events of that day.
We weren’t too thrilled, however, with the way TSA agents manhandled us, leered at people they found attractive and occasionally stole our belongings as we passed through security. But we at least hoped they were keeping terrorists off our airplanes.
But recently, 70 tests were carried out by special Department of Homeland Security investigators involving the carrying of fake explosives and banned weapons through airport security checkpoints. The TSA agents failed to detect the explosives and weapons 67 times. In other words, they got it wrong 96 percent of the time.
In one instance, a DHS agent had a fake bomb strapped to his back. It set off a magnetometer, but the screener could not find it on the agent and let him through. Oh, but don’t worry. They were able to confiscate an oversized tube of toothpaste from the next person in line.
I don’t know about you, but the results of this test make me sick and angry. It’s one thing to deal with annoying and dishonest TSA agents. But when they are also incompetent, it’s very upsetting to know that U.S. taxpayers are providing billions of dollars for their salaries and shoddy equipment.
Have you had any interesting encounters with TSA agents during any of your recent travels? Please let me know about them.