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March 23, 2006
Security on the cheap

Bringing back the bad old days of pre-Sept. 11 airport security

Even though in-line baggage-screening systems reduce the number of screeners needed to scan baggage, are capable of recouping their initial investment in as little as a year and can provide significant savings to the government in the years following installation, the administrationís proposed 2007 budget provides no money for installation of new in-line explosives-detection systems.

Similarly, the Bush administration has failed to provide adequate funding to improve significantly the detection of plastic explosives hidden on passengers or in their carry-on luggage.

Despite half-hearted efforts by the Bush administration to secure aviation, Congress made the right choice when it took airport security out of the hands of private companies that were more concerned with turning a profit than the security of the American people. However, the Republican leadership of the Homeland Security Committee wants to bring us back to the pre-Sept. 11 days and has introduced the TSA Reorganization Act of 2005 (H.R. 4439), which would provide incentives to airports to leave the federal system and turn security back over to private companies.

So, yeah, we're all getting safer and safer and safer, aren't we? Especially since airports are will be incented to save as much money as possible on security because they get to "share the savings."

Posted by AnneZook at 08:04 PM