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TSA Union Calls for Armed Guards at Every Checkpoint

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about a year ago


Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Brian Tumulty writes at USA Today that the union representing airport screeners for the Transportation Security Administration says Friday's fatal shooting of an agent at Los Angeles International Airport highlights the need for armed security officers at every airport checkpoint. The screeners, who earn up to $30,000 annually, have not requested to carry guns themselves, but they do want an armed security officer present at every checkpoint says J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the screeners. "Every local airport has its own security arrangement with local police to some type of contract security force," says Cox. "There is no standardization throughout the country. Every airport operates differently. Obviously at L.A. there were a fair number of local police officers there." Congress may investigate the issue but Sen. Tom Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, says that "there will be an appropriate time — after all the facts have been gathered and thoughtfully analyzed —to review existing policy and procedure to see what, if anything, can be learned from this unfortunate incident to help prevent future tragedies." TSA officials say that they don't anticipate a change in the agency security posture at the moment, but "passengers may see an increased presence of local law enforcement officers throughout the country.""

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What were they thinking... (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about a year ago | (#45319059)

...when they demanded to have badges?

Remove the targets? (1)

sirnomad99 (2883747) | about a year ago | (#45319257)

Perhaps if they were not there then they would not have gotten shot?
I am not advocating violence against the TSA agents, I am advocating the removal from our airports of a useless group of people sucking up our tax dollars and delivering nothing constructive in return.
The TSA serves no real purpose other than to inflict themselves on citizens that are trying to go about their own business. They have yet to catch one terrorist and the reports of things that they say that they are supposed to catch that get past them keeps growing. They have almost replaced the IRS as the single most hated agency of the government. Their entire justification for continued existence is based on the imagination of Homeland Security. As long as they can keep us scared with "what ifs"then they can continue to harass us and make travel as difficult as possible.
In the end each time we passively submit to these intrusions we tell the government that we serve them instead of the other way around.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin
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