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The TSA’s Answer to Long Lines Is … Wait for It … “More Security”

Published on June 2, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

Exploring Denver International Airport

 Mac Slavo

In a very classic sense, it is a strategy for acquiring more power.

Problem. Reaction. Solution.

Though the TSA has never been effective at catching or reducing terrorism, it has become very good at inconveniencing Americans.

Rifling through their things, herding them through S-ray machines reminiscent of Nazi policies, forcing people to withstand increasingly long lines, with many people even losing out on flights. All in the name of security.

After wait times across the country have made headlines and left airport travelers stranded and fed up, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, whose agency overseas the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is calling for a solution based in… what else… greater security.

Secretary Johnson is using the 2016 travel crisis to push for more sign-ups in its Pre-Check program, in which applicants undergo a rigorous background check and pay an $85 fee for speedy TSA screenings. Johnson dubbed it “the E-ZPass of airports.”

As CBS News reports:

As the TSA struggles to fix the airport security gridlock, airlines are jumping in to help.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport is experimenting with a new system to expedite the process with new automated security lanes, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson describes as “the E-ZPass of airports.”

[Johnson told “CBS This Morning”] that becoming a TSA PreCheck member would help cut the wait down to an average of five minutes or less.

[…]

But Johnson said that even “in the face of increased travel volume, we are not going to compromise aviation security.”

Anything to avoid a long line and a pat down, eh?

Johnson’s comments gave a strong indication that the controversial agency had no plans of backing down, despite long lines, vowing not to “compromise on security.”

In other words, those not willing to sign up for the additional background check program will be left waiting.

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