Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Festering Tsa the Airport Security Force Expands Its Reach

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Festering Tsa the Airport Security Force Expands Its Reach

Article excerpt

American taxpayers will be less than delighted to learn that the Transportation Security Administration -- the TSA beloved of airport "stop and frisk" -- is expanding its activities.

The TSA was created in response to the 9/11 attacks to prevent more aircraft-based terrorist assaults on the United States. It grew to 56,000 employees, who are outfitted with an array of expensive equipment. This has meant heavy costs to the taxpayer and profit opportunities to friendly suppliers. The TSA's activities also have hurt the U.S. airlines, as some travelers choose to drive to their destinations instead of endure long, slow lines at airport security and the sometimes rage-inspiring attention of inspection agents.

No government officials have yet had the courage to reduce the TSA's role, even as the 2001 attacks have receded into the past.

In the meantime, the TSA has moved to institutionalize itself. Its employees unionized last year, as part of the powerful American Federation of Government Employees Union. …

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