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Consider Buying TSA a One-Way Ticket

Okay, I probably need to move off my TSA kick, but I just can’t.  It’s one of those things that just kind of eat at me every time I have to book a flight to somewhere. Ann Coultor nails the bottom line on the TSA problem:

You can’t stop a terrorist attack by searching for the explosives any more than you can stop crime by taking away everyone’s guns.

But, there’s nothing we can do, right? Wrong. If you’re under the impression that we are required to have TSA and their invasive and ever-expanding reach in our airports you are mistaken.

Did you know that the nation’s airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice.

We’ve got a sensible and approachable Mayor in the Duke City, and I believe a reasonable City Council. The Albuquerque Sunport is under their control. So, how about they send the TSA flying. We wouldn’t be the first city to do it:

The backlash continues over those new TSA screening measures, and now one Central Florida airport has decided to go with a private security screening firm.

Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening.

“All of our due diligence shows it’s the way to go,” said Larry Dale, the director of the Sanford Airport Authority. “You’re going to get better service at a better price and more accountability and better customer service.”

Dale says he will be sending a letter requesting to opt out from TSA screening, and instead the airport will choose one of the five approved private screening companies to take over.

It’s time to say enough is enough.