Editorial: It's time to let the TSA just do its job
Despite the threat of protests and privacy concerns, the opt-out travelers as Thanksgiving travel ramped up Wednesday remained primarily no-shows at American airports.
Critics had called for Wednesday to be "National Opt-Out Day," calling for passengers selected for full-body scans to refuse to be viewed by the advanced imaging technology. As of late Wednesday afternoon, there were no reported major problems or delays at airports due to the protest.
It is about time a little sanity returned to the political controversy over new security measures at airport checkpoints.
Some members of Congress are now wanting to go "partisan" on the scanner controversy.
One idea is to return airport security to the private sector, which is the security net, full of holes, that existed prior to Sept. 11, 2001. We all remember what occurred that day due to failed private airport security.
The Transportation Security Administration was created specifically under the Bush Administration to address additional security needs following the Sept. 11 tragedy.
TSA, while not perfect, has address constant turnover, bad morale and poor pay among airport security staff.
Airport security is the business of every traveler who flies on commercial aircraft in the United States. Returning airport security to the private sector would be like turning law enforcement over to private cops.
The TSA is charged with preventing terrorism aboard aircraft in U.S. skies. They have done okay, with no successful terror incidents aboard U.S. aircrafts since 2001.
Lawmakers should not interfere with the safety of the traveling public in pursuit on a political or ideological agenda. Let the TSA do their job.