It seems that once they get out of office, some politicians have a change of heart. No longer surrounded by the pressures of running the show, they can make better judgments. Take, for example, former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley, who writes the following:
TSA needs to make these changes right now to take on the root causes of its public and security issues. It needs to clean up the mind numbing, overly complicated checkpoint “standard operating procedure,” which no longer matches our security needs and allow officers to act. What needs to be changed:
• The intrusive pat-down needs to be discontinued in favor of a lighter technique supplemented with available technologies.
• The “prohibited items” list needs to be radically reduced to ban only real security threats such as explosives and toxins. As far as carrying knives, the FAA should make it a serious federal offense to intimidate a…
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