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house Bill H.R. 3584

Do Existing TSA Security Reforms Need to be Made Into Law?

Argument in favor

These are common sense policies that would improve the security of air travelers. Since many of these security reforms have already been implemented by TSA, passing a law to ensure the policies remain in effect makes perfect sense.

Alex 's Opinion
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08/21/2016
The TSA is incredibly incompetent and bumbling. They need to be regulated by an outside force in order to ensure efficiency in both security and air travel. More reforms are suggested by the head of security of the most secure airport in the world: http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-tsa-sucks-a-security-experts-perspective_p2/
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Christian's Opinion
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08/21/2016
The TSA rules we have now are ridiculous, one can bring a box of large matches on a plane but not a water bottle. What the heck is that all about???!! Better screening and new rules will definitely help keep our airways secure
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03/19/2016
This bill is quite unnecessary due to the TSA already being a waste of money. Homeland Security conducted a test where certain agents attempted to pass TSA security with mock weapons. This test resulted in 99% of the agents passing security measures and became a complete embarrassment for the TSA. The Atlantic states,"In 2013, the GAO found that a nearly $900 million screening program didn’t work." These reforms will continue wasteful spending in the department of the TSA though still maintaining security theater. In my opinion, and I understand this bill does not state this, I believe the United States government should cut TSA funding by 45%, if not more. As long as security theater is maintained, United States citizens will feel comfort and safe when entering an airport. I will add more to this comment.
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Argument opposed

It remains to be seen if the already-implemented reforms are useful or require more adjustment. Congress shouldn’t tie TSA’s hands by enacting a law that includes these reforms which may need to changed or eliminated.

Alis's Opinion
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02/25/2016
It appears that we have allowed fear to cancel out any rational process when it comes to security. If we don't know how well this is working yet, why set it in stone? We waste enormous amounts of money & time doing things that demonstrably do NOT make us any safer. Congress is so busy trying to look tough & scary that they hurt our chances of figuring out what the best approach may be. It certainly is worth giving the current system time to prove or disprove itself BEFORE deciding it is the only system that will ever work. Haven't any of you ever had a real job in a real setting where systems have to be tested & revised? (Rhetorical question: of course, you haven't!)
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Wes's Opinion
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02/24/2016
The TSA needs to be disbanded and local law enforcement should be funded to take their place
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David's Opinion
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08/21/2016
The TSA is a redundant department established as a result of the political pressure to "do something" after the militant Islamic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Also, politicians live to grow government and so they will never fail to take advantage of a crises and grow government.
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    The TSA is incredibly incompetent and bumbling. They need to be regulated by an outside force in order to ensure efficiency in both security and air travel. More reforms are suggested by the head of security of the most secure airport in the world: http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-tsa-sucks-a-security-experts-perspective_p2/
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    It appears that we have allowed fear to cancel out any rational process when it comes to security. If we don't know how well this is working yet, why set it in stone? We waste enormous amounts of money & time doing things that demonstrably do NOT make us any safer. Congress is so busy trying to look tough & scary that they hurt our chances of figuring out what the best approach may be. It certainly is worth giving the current system time to prove or disprove itself BEFORE deciding it is the only system that will ever work. Haven't any of you ever had a real job in a real setting where systems have to be tested & revised? (Rhetorical question: of course, you haven't!)
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    The TSA needs to be disbanded and local law enforcement should be funded to take their place
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    The TSA is a redundant department established as a result of the political pressure to "do something" after the militant Islamic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Also, politicians live to grow government and so they will never fail to take advantage of a crises and grow government.
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    The TSA has failed
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    The TSA rules we have now are ridiculous, one can bring a box of large matches on a plane but not a water bottle. What the heck is that all about???!! Better screening and new rules will definitely help keep our airways secure
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    The TSA consists of the least trained, least educated and lowest paid agents of all federal agencies. Job satisfaction and effectiveness is low and employee turnaround is very high. The policies coming from the TSA should be taken with a large degree of skepticism and be thoroughly reviewed and tested before making them into law.
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    I'm voting for TRAINED PROFESSIONALS when it comes to ANY security. More employees who don't know what they're doing doesn't help. So trusting them to enforce LAWS? Absolutely not.
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    There does not seem to be a compelling case for changing existing regulations into law.
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    Abolish the TSA. Never-caught-a-terrorist-little-kid-balls-gropingest-naked X-ray sellingist-work release azz tyrantist losers.
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    We need a different security at airports with no government interference.
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    This bill is quite unnecessary due to the TSA already being a waste of money. Homeland Security conducted a test where certain agents attempted to pass TSA security with mock weapons. This test resulted in 99% of the agents passing security measures and became a complete embarrassment for the TSA. The Atlantic states,"In 2013, the GAO found that a nearly $900 million screening program didn’t work." These reforms will continue wasteful spending in the department of the TSA though still maintaining security theater. In my opinion, and I understand this bill does not state this, I believe the United States government should cut TSA funding by 45%, if not more. As long as security theater is maintained, United States citizens will feel comfort and safe when entering an airport. I will add more to this comment.
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    The TSA needs to be abolished. The whole notion of trading Liberties for safety is antithetical to the principles this country was founded on.
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    Waste of $21 million
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    The TSA is an epic failure and a joke
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    TSA needs to be disbanded. Turning their tactics into law will legalize sexual assault of adults and children
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    I think it's pretty apparent that the current policies aren't effective. Making them into law does nothing to make the TSA any better.
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    The TSA needs to be abolished in favor of private security hired by each individual airport.
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    There is only one reform that needs to be made to the TSA. Its complete dissolution.
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    Tsa employees has shown a lack of being professionals most of them are rude . turning them in to federal government employees was a big mistake it was like handing a loaded gun to a kid that use to play with a toy water gun. A person has to go thru extensive physical and psychological testing before it can become a law enforcement officer Tsa did not have any of that they use to be security guards and overnight they became federal officers and started abusing the powers they were giving to them there are countless horror stories from people detain with no reason and now you want to make it in to law?
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