Troubled TSA Continues to be Criticized
The Transportation Safety Administration has had its share of problems this year and they seem to be mounting each week. Last week the agency received criticism after two current and two former screeners for the agency were arrested for allegedly helping the flow of drugs to pass security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport.
The latest problems with the agency reveal the uncertainty that has remained about the role of the TSA and how to maintain the safety of the country without violating the rights of air passengers. Many are beginning to believe it may be a cultural difference as people from across the nation are calling their Congressional representatives complaining they have been offended by the actions of the TSA.
Members of Congress believe the TSA may have become much more powerful than what was originally intended when Congress created it following the terrorist attacks of 2001. One Congresswoman wants her bill, the STRIP Act, to prohibit TSA screeners from dressing like policemen or even wearing badges. Another member of Congress wants to see the agency head, John Pistole, lose his job.
TSA has screened over 300 million passengers over the last six months and fewer than 650 people complained about pat-downs, says agency spokesman Kawika Riley. That averages to just a single complaint for 460,000 passengers. He also said it was important for the screeners to have uniforms as it relates to the type of work they perform and the high standards they must uphold.