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house Bill H.R. 5338

Does the TSA Need to Do More to Shorten Wait Times at Security Checkpoints?

Argument in favor

It makes sense for the TSA to work with airports and airlines to make security lines as efficient as possible for travelers. In the meantime, letting non-security TSA workers assist passengers in line will help speed things up.

Clifton's Opinion
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06/08/2016
Research shows TSA procedures do little to nothing to screen potential threats. The program is expensive in salary, technology, and opportunity cost and more creative and effective methods can easily be found on a smaller budget.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/06/2016
The TSA has been in airports for over 15 years. DHS/TSA has had plenty of time to show their effectiveness. Congress should therefore shut down this failed program and turn security over to the states who then can contract out security at airports. If the contractor fails to meet his contract, then change security companies. There needs to be a three way commitment between Airlines, Airport and the state. The only thing the TSA has done we'll is spending TAXPAYER payers money. And why should I pay my fair share when I drive. Never saw a TSA security person at the gas pump.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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06/07/2016
Do we really need a bill to do this? What are we paying Jeh Johnson to do?
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Argument opposed

The root of the problem causing long wait lines at TSA security checkpoints is a shortage of workers. Letting non-security TSA workers offer instructions is fine, but ultimately the agency needs funds to hire more screeners.

Austin's Opinion
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06/07/2016
Replace the TSA with private companies. They're proven to do a better job for cheaper. Also people that don't fly are paying for others security. When airport customers start paying for security, and airports have to busget for it, it will be run more.efficiently and there will be competition for the job.
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Noah's Opinion
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06/07/2016
No more federally funded departments or administrations! It'd be better and faster if privatized!
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Brian's Opinion
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06/10/2016
The reason is not that there aren't enough workers; most are not well-trained. With better training and more efficient use of resources, and better airport planning or line adjustments, we can fix the problem without needing to spend more money in this agency.
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    Research shows TSA procedures do little to nothing to screen potential threats. The program is expensive in salary, technology, and opportunity cost and more creative and effective methods can easily be found on a smaller budget.
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    Replace the TSA with private companies. They're proven to do a better job for cheaper. Also people that don't fly are paying for others security. When airport customers start paying for security, and airports have to busget for it, it will be run more.efficiently and there will be competition for the job.
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    The TSA has been in airports for over 15 years. DHS/TSA has had plenty of time to show their effectiveness. Congress should therefore shut down this failed program and turn security over to the states who then can contract out security at airports. If the contractor fails to meet his contract, then change security companies. There needs to be a three way commitment between Airlines, Airport and the state. The only thing the TSA has done we'll is spending TAXPAYER payers money. And why should I pay my fair share when I drive. Never saw a TSA security person at the gas pump.
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    No more federally funded departments or administrations! It'd be better and faster if privatized!
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    The reason is not that there aren't enough workers; most are not well-trained. With better training and more efficient use of resources, and better airport planning or line adjustments, we can fix the problem without needing to spend more money in this agency.
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    Do we really need a bill to do this? What are we paying Jeh Johnson to do?
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    We should have shortened TSA lines for people who are late for air flights and for people who are handicap
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    Privatize it please. No more federal funding.
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    TSA needs to do more by disbanding and letting the airports hire a company that can do the job right.
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    Public safety is #1. If they shorten times, something important could be missed. We don't need another 9/11. People need to jsut plan accordingly and get to the airport at the right time.
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    Travelers are in most cases some of the most productive members of society. The cost in labor productivity of wasting their time is enormous, and could be prevented by simply raising the TSA fee charged per ticket.
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    Saftey is the number 1 concern
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    The TSA is a decorated failure! The Transportation Security Administration's Screening Partnership Program (SPP) is a step in the right direction of privatizing security screening operations. Covenant Aviation Security has a much better track record and would reduce the size of an unnecessary branch of the Federal Government. Privatization is the answer!
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    But better to eliminate TSA
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    As someone who has spent a decent amount of time in airports, I can say with confidence there is not a shortage of employees. The problem is that was TSA really stands for is Thousands Standing Around. Give them work to do and the process could be sped up a lot!
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    I really think they should have most counties more people to do pat down and they should be better trained I do not think it should be probably on this is not the prison system to me that was a bad move when they did that Macon prison probably on that was stupid to me and there's no accountability for the TSA no other probably Own Prison System you need more accountability better training and if they treated the TSA Employee better and with respect pay them better they probably do a better job.
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    Listen the TSA may be a process in which you may care less. Although it's to prioritize your safety in reality! The ( Federal Aviation Administration) and TSA is attending to their due diligence as much as feasible to prevent future devastations on United States soil as well. So in this form of aspect we citizens traveling throughout these airports must respect their duties and exercises necessary for YOUR OWN SAFETY AND WELL BEING. The TSA is not developed to intimidate your or escalate you through in a conduction in which it ruins your day due to the contingency of lines! Yes I may agree that the TSA should be developing innovative proposals to possibly provide more stimulation on waiting lines to proceed more smoothly. Although, we as citizens regulating such complaints of how lines are a stretch too long is absurd. YOU WOULD BE HINDERING THE FACTOR FOR THE ABILITY TO ENSURE YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY AND HINDER THE ABILITY FOR AIRPORTS AND THE SOULS THAT ARE EXPORTED AND IMPORTED ON PUBLIC FLIGHTS THROUGHOUT OUR AIRPORTS TO NOT FLOURISH HARM! You can make a sufficient argument with some valid justifications that the lines may be just a hair long but Come On! This is a moment in which you must truly appreciate our federal government implementing constitutional and straight forward policies to ensure your security to hopefully the best of their ability. America is a nation in which thousands of individuals a day are flourishing into it and a plethora being exported out as well (from Business men and women, to attorneys, to tourist, to large families, to both white collard and blue collars workers!) The TSA is must regulate every single soul throughout that line expediently not to satisfy your needs of being extra early to grab a fluffy cappuccino or a soothing Latte at the food courts, or go to the bar and have a drink before the flight or because you have to badly use the restroom. BUT THE LINES ARE SELF EXPLANATORY A TAD BIT "LONG" TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY FOR FUTHER TRVAEL, ITS TO GREATLY SECURE YOU, ITS A GIFT. Think if the September 11th attacks would of never occurred! Would of a future political administration or the American people would of woken up and comprehended how urgent our safety is regardless to the irrelevance of how long lines are. ITS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. As an individual. This is one of the matters I feel that the federal government incorporating both aisles (both parties) has found common ground and United to enhance our innovative technologies and resources in our public airports to keep our national security at a safe status. I don't know about you but I'd rather wait and hour or 2 to say that I made it safe and sound and that I'm still breathing than waiting 2 minutes for security that is not comprehensive our insufficient and DIE MOMENTS LATER DUE TO INCOMPETENT SECURITY REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES AS WELL. To reiterate, the federal government shall continue their capabilities to positively influence The TSA and FAA implementations to always enhance our national security and THAT AN ATTACK ON UNITED STATES SOIL WILL NEVER BE SPOKEN OF! Continuing to establish Sufficient/reliable and a well flowing regulations of ensuring our safety on the behalf of the TSA would evidently be a step in the wise direction for the sake of our explicit national security! Thank you for your time.
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    There should be more security officers hired to help move things along more smoothly.
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    Only people qualified to handle security should be checking people and bags. America is still vulnerable to attack.
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    The TSA needs to be replaced by private companies who have reputations and are accountable for how they use money and resources to maintain safety.
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