IN THE aftermath of the latest terror attacks in Europe and America, security concerns are once more at the forefront of travellers’ minds. Unfortunately, the agency tasked with keeping flyers safe in American airports has just received another black mark that calls into further question its ability to perform its job with anything resembling competence.
A congressional report from the House Homeland Security Committee doesn’t have much good news to share about the embattled Transportation Security Administration. Its title says it all: “Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public.”
The report finds that instances of TSA employee misconduct increased by 29% between 2013 and 2015. The list of misdeeds is like something out of a crime novel. Three TSA air marshals in Chicago were accused of spending taxpayer money on hotel rooms to have sex with prostitutes. A security officer was caught accepting bribes in exchange for smuggling foreigners through security. Another officer was charged with smuggling…Continue reading