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One More Loss for the Private Sector - TSA Halts Applications for Private Security Screening at Airports

What is I want to start up a business that contracts with the govt to screen airline passengers? No can do. It is all about the union now I guess. AFL-CIO and all that jazz.

In another move to solidify government intrusion into the lives of American's and private enterprise, the head of TSA announced that they would no longer approve requests for private sector security screening at airports. TSA head John Pistole made the announcement stating that "he could see no advantage to it". John Gage, thepresident of the American Federation of Government Employees lauded the decision, stating:  "We applaud Administrator Pistole for recognizing the value in a cohesive federalized screening system and work force."

However, Mr. Pistole did not offer any negatives to the private contactor screening and didn't talk about any disadvantages in it. Unmentioned was the fact that there was a rash of airports applying for permission to move to contractor screening after the recent adoption of the new poke and grope screening process. So the unmentioned disadvantage for goth Gage and Pistole is that there would be fewer government union employees on the tax payer checkbook.

When you couple this with DHS SecretaryNapolitano's comments about expanding the program: “I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime” you get an idea where this administration wants to go with controlling how American's travel within the country, within the states and within their own cities and towns. Rep. John Mica wants a congressional review of this decision.

Remember when the TSA was formed. Sen. Daschle held the formation of TSA, as well as other parts of DHS, hostage unless TSA employees would be government union employees. And now this administration is making sure that there is no competitive solution to this organization that gets away with what the rest of us would be imprisoned for.

The story can be found here.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsKevin Robinson • February 01 2011 09:26AM


Kevin - I am sure that the union had something to do with this decision. Thanks for the re-blog.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 8 years ago

Mike- To me, at least, it seems like a union power move. Time will tell.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago