Sunday, December 24, 2006


Missing Badges and Uniforms

According to this AP story, “More than 3,700 identification badges and uniform items have been reported lost or stolen from Transportation Security Administration employees since 2003.” Just imagine what could be done with those items, because it’s likely that at least some of their new owners are imagining, too.

But that’s not the real problem. Considering that the TSA is responsible for airport security, that’s a pretty egregious record. How could they be so sloppy? A Congress member says he will “propose legislation to fine TSA employees who lose their badges or uniforms,” but if airport security is really such a matter of life and death — as we have been led to believe — why weren’t strict rules and draconian punishments in place to begin with? Combine this with travelers’ accounts of incredibly slipshod security procedures and nitpicking, nonsensical challenges, and you have to wonder in what sense “security” is being used.

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