When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently performed an internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security procedures it discovered a 95 percent failure rate. Were the TSA a private security provider you would probably have seen some serious housecleaning to rid itself of individuals who obviously don’t know what they’re doing. But the TSA is a government agency, which means you and I are punished for its failures. In response to the 95 percent failure rate the TSA is demanding more tax victim money and planning to make air travelers wait even longer to get through security:
The Transportation Security Administration has a new strategy for improving its woeful performance in catching airport security threats — and it will likely mean longer lines and more government bucks.
A month after the TSA was embarrassed by its almost-total failure in a covert security audit, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered the agency to pursue an improvement plan that will require more hand-wanding of passengers, more use of bomb-sniffing dogs and more random testing of luggage and travelers for traces of explosives. It will also consider reducing travelers’ chances of being sent through the expedited PreCheck lines at airports.
Let us not forget the TSA motto: we’re not happy until you’re not happy. This “improvement plan” should tell you everything you need to know about government agencies. If you look at the list of “improvements” you’ll see the word “more” in front of everything. The TSA’s response to its 95 percent failure rate is literally trying more of the same thing only harder.