Fixing TSA's Broken Airport Security System

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In a recent essay for The Wall Street Journal, former Transportation Security Administration administrator Kip Hawley said the current airport security system in broken, and he offers suggestions to fix it. Hawley is the author of "Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security." He argues that beyond making airline travel unpleasant for customers, TSA officials are focusing their efforts on the wrong kind of threats.

The TSA was created after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and with it came an exhaustive list of restricted items and checks that need to be done before passengers can get through security. Hawley argues that the TSA's mission is not to keep every single passenger out of harm's way but to prevent a major threat to the transportation system. He also believes the restrictions at security check points are excessive.


Kip Hawley

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger


Tory Starr

Comments [3]

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Thanks for creating a post on this particular subject. It is nice to see it receiving a little bit more coverage about the TSA's broken airport security system. The details ar really exclusive and many of us must get aware of the subject.

May. 11 2012 02:47 AM
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Cool details!The information is posted about the TSA has recently implemented modified screening procedures. These new screening procedures include permitting multiple passes through the metal detector and advanced imaging technology to clear any alarms as well as the greater use of explosives trace detection. Thanks fro sharing.

Apr. 25 2012 07:16 AM

I don't care so much about the liquids, the shoes, or nail files. I don't fly any more because I do not want a backscatter scan or what amounts to sexual abuse by a TSA.

Apr. 24 2012 04:03 PM

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