The TSA has literally only fired one executive in 5 years. It’s easier to get fired as a teacher in the New York City Public Schools system.
Of all the TSA executives who have left the agency in the last 5 years, only one was fired. That’s the same number of executives who died while still employed by the agency.
The firing, by the way, didn’t happen after it was discovered that the TSA was missing 95% of the contraband going through the checkpoint. Instead, it happened in 2012. After the TSA’s gargantuan failures were reported, nobody was fired. After 1000 passengers from a single airline at one airport missed flights in a single month due to security delays, nobody was fired.
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Tocqueville)
There are no consequences for failure. Instead the agency demands – and receives – more resources.
When the TSA’s Assistant Administrator for Security Operations was replaced this week, it wasn’t the failures of ‘screening operations’ that did it, it was the $90,000 in bonuses paid out to him in 13 months despite being under a bonus cap of $10,000 per year. What in the world were bonuses being paid to the person in charge of this mess at all?
John Pistole, former TSA Administrator, went on TV last night defending the agency’s performance as precisely what you get when you balance security and efficiency — and justified that because of EgyptAir flight 804, using the tragedy to advance a bureaucratic agenda despite no clear cause at this point.
The agency needs to be relieved entirely of its checkpoint screening duties. The agency is fundamentally broken — and it’s no surprise that’s the case, because it is its own regulator.