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Why Do Airlines Love A Failing TSA?

Posted By admin On December 11, 2012 @ 9:24 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Christopher Elliott
Huffington Post [1]
Dec 11, 2012

One of the more interesting reactions to last week’s post arguing that the TSA as we know it is dead [2] came from a publicist for one of the airline trade associations.

In a polite but insistent email, he claimed I’d misunderstood the congressional testimony by one of his executives. The airline industry rep was criticizing government regulations — not the TSA — for being expensive, inconsistent and reactive, he said.

It made me wonder: Why would airlines not want to be seen as criticizing the TSA? Everyone else is.

I mean, how could airlines not have a problem with what critics say is an $8 billion boondoggle? No one has to work closer with these troubled federal screeners than commercial air carriers, so when it comes to the topic of much-needed improvement, you’d expect airlines to offer Congress an earful.

It’s their TSA

When you scroll back to the beginning of this 11-year-old agency, it’s clear why the airlines don’t want to be heard bad-mouthing the TSA. Before 9/11, air carriers had to pay for their own security screening, which was an added expense they didn’t want [3].

Full article here [1]


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[1] Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-elliott/why-do-airlines-love-a-fa_b_2268458.html

[2] arguing that the TSA as we know it is dead: http://tsanewsblog.com/7778/news/the-tsa-as-we-know-it-is-dead-heres-why/

[3] an added expense they didn’t want: http://tsanewsblog.com/1625/news/is-tsa-just-another-airline-subsidy/

[4] American Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection: http://www.prisonplanet.com/american-airlines-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy-protection.html

[5] Senate votes to shield U.S. airlines from EU’s carbon scheme: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senate-votes-to-shield-u-s-airlines-from-eus-carbon-scheme.html

[6] Airlines ready for next battle against EU carbon law: http://www.prisonplanet.com/airlines-ready-for-next-battle-against-eu-carbon-law.html

[7] Britain issues global warning to airlines not to let CIA leaker Edward Snowden board a flight to the UK: http://www.prisonplanet.com/britain-issues-global-warning-to-airlines-not-to-let-cia-leaker-edward-snowden-board-a-flight-to-the-uk.html

[8] Spy system for airlines to tackle terrorism: http://www.prisonplanet.com/spy-system-for-airlines-to-tackle-terrorism.html

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