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Susan Asked, Is TSA Effective or Waste of Time?


Susan Asked, Is TSA Effective or Waste of Time?


I have always thought the billion (with a B) dollar takeover of airport security and the horribly inefficient process resulting in long lines, wasted time, missed flights, high anxiety...... of passengers is a waste of time and a horrible misuse of taxpayer dollars.

What about the guns etc that have been found? Not every gun the TSA finds is necessarily a gun the previous system would have missed and not every gun found would have been used in a crime. But if the TSA prevents just one terrorist act isn't it worth the expense and inconvenience? Again, this thought assumes the previous system would not have prevented it, and no I do not think it is worth it! What? Why? Of the over 70,000 US flights per day 30,000 are commercial. At 100 passengers per plane on average, that is 3,000,000 passengers. If there was a terrorist act EVERY DAY that resulted in 3,000 deaths, the odds of dying in an airline terrorist act would be 1 in 1,000. Compared to your chance of dying in an automobile accident at 1 in 113 - it would still be much safer to fly than drive.

All that being said, I do not dwell on it, or get upset at an airport. I get there early, realize there is nothing I can do about it, relax, and wait my turn in line. No stress, no fuss, no muss (whatever muss is). I am never in a hurry in an airport (unless my connection time is shortened by a late arrival), go find my gate, verify it is still my gate, and wonder around chuckling to myself as I watch other people with very serious looks on their faces rushing here and there. I am rich in time and use it to my advantage.

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