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  1. Strong words for (and from) the TSA – The Wandering Aramean | Logan Airport Cab | Logan Airport Taxi | Logan Airport Boston | Boston Ma

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  2. WilCo
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  3. Andrew
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    In regards to the added note on the woman’s inspection notice.

    A good idea would be to add an inspector number to the printed notice. This would make identification by the TSA an easier task, while preserving the officers anonymity with the public.

    For example often when I buy a pair of pants a slip of paper may be in one of the pockets reading “inspected by #39”.

    This could be done with TSA as well, so that if there is a specific offense TSA can quickly find the officer in question and take appropriate action.

  4. Paladin
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    First of all — While I’m not as familiar with Mica’s comments; I tend to think TSA has not added value, period.

    As far as their successes; I’m sure there are tenfold situations where a gun did make it through, or other weapons did (such as the occasional notice that a larger knife or other weapon is found on a plane).

    Ultimately, the issue with TSA is not their existence (although I question it), it is the fact that they are fighting the last war; the fact that we still must take out our liquids, take off our shoes and belts, after BILLIONS spent, and yet, things still slip by proves this.

    Bottom line – TSA cannot, and should not be expected to reduce risk 100%, it just won’t happen. What TSA or any other Homeland Security/Defense organization should be responsible for, is identifying that point of diminishing returns, and lower (or in the off chance, increase) their efforts and expenditures, to that point just before diminishing returns. I am not convinced that TSA has any level of gauging this, nor any metrics to gauge their effectiveness. Until they are held accountable (and I like Andrew’s comment of numbered inspection notices), TSA is, by definition ineffective, because its effectiveness cannot be proven.

  5. Will
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    I still take a deep breath – load my items up and remember that these are the people who couldn’t get the jobs at the Post Office.

  6. Civil_Human
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    You have not been paying attention. Rep. Mica has been rudely de-humanizing TSA employees for years. He says strident outlandish things constantly. To people like him, and to some of you, TSA can do nothing right. This example is the perfect irony. He goes to Logan Airport with his hateful attitude ready to be outraged. He is asked a few questions and then goes off the handle (like TSA haters usually do) with his smug, all-knowing, opinions. He doesn’t know if the employees are trained or not. That doesn’t prevent him from insulting them.

    The irony of course, if it needs to be pointed out to the “couldn’t get a job anywhere else” crowd, is that the main reason there is a TSA in the first place is that the incompetent, private company security employees AT LOGAN AIRPORT didn’t stop terrorists on 9/11. Remember?

    The biggest bores in the traveling world are the self-annointed security experts who pontificate about how horrible the so-called “security theater” is. For the rest of us who see people trying to keep us safe you are just obnoxious. Get over it and just keep the line moving. Quit the incessant whining and criticism.