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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official scans travelers at Terminal Five of John F. Kennedy Airport on December 23, 2011 in New York City. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey predicted that John F. Kennedy Airport would be used by 1.9 million travelers over the holiday season.
One of the enduring legacies of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which was created in November, 2001 with the intent of protecting America’s air travelers from terrorist threats; ever since, the government agency has been working to make air travel safer with multifaceted and sometimes infuriating rules and regulations.
Passengers have criticized the TSA for having confusing, ever-changing, and sometimes intrusive policies like elaborate lists of restricted items physical pat-downs. Exactly how much mouthwash are we allowed to carry, again? This week, the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee held a panel to offer advice aiming to help TSA improve its public perception.
Among the suggestions? Stop doing pat-downs on well-known passengers like Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld and Beyonce.
What can the TSA do to streamline their security procedures and still keep us safe? Have you had a negative (or positive) experience with air travel security?
Kip Hawley former TSA Administrator; author, “Permanent Emergency” (2012)
Kate Hanni, executive director, FlyersRights.org
Sasha Strauss, founder, Innovation Protocol