(NationalSentinel) Most Americans agree that we want to be safe when we fly, but many also agree that the Transportation Security Administration is much more of an impediment to travel than a help.
Inefficiency coupled with inappropriate behavior and sexually assaulting pat downs have given the TSA a well-deserved lousy reputation. And now a just-released report from Capitol HillÂ gives Congress and theÂ Trump administration new ammunition to do away with the TSA and hand airport security back to private contractors with a real incentive to do a better job.
The House Homeland Security Committee released a report Monday finding a lack of employee screening and vetting for those working in the TSA - uncovering examples of â€œinsider threatsâ€ within Americaâ€™s airports.
The committeeâ€™s Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security, which authored the report titled â€œAmericaâ€™s Airports: The Threat from Within,â€ said it had launched an extensive, bipartisan investigation.
That found many airport staff are able to bypass the traditional screening requirements that travelers visiting the airports undergo.
â€œThis report is the result of two years of intense oversight efforts â€“at a time when we face increased threats from homegrown radicalization and lone-wolf terrorism, we must ensure that our airport access controls are strong and that we are doing all we can to mitigate the insider threat to aviation security,â€ Chairman of the subcommittee Rep. John Katko, R-NY, said in a statement.
The investigation said we should worry about insiders detonating bombs at airports as well as smuggling drugs, guns and explosives.
Fox News noted further:
The report concluded that without a comprehensive background check for employees, TSA does not have the ability to screen for individuals who may â€œharbor ill-willâ€ toward the United States, or have connections to individuals who do.
â€œAmericaâ€™s aviation sector remains a crown jewel of ISIS and other terrorist groups targeting our homeland,â€ House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement.
Fact is, if the agency is not living up to the standards Americans expect, it needs to go away and be replaced by free-market competitors for airport security.