TSA Efficiency

TSA EFFICIENCY 4

TSAEfficiency

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Thetransportsecurityadministrationis theofficialgovernmentbodyconcernedwith thesafetyof passengersas theytravelon landwaterandair.Theagencyis artof thelargerhomelandsecurity.Over theyears,TSA has helpedto thwartmanysafety-contravening activitiesin thevariousmeansof transport.Thegovernmentinvestsa lotin thisagencyespeciallyin thiserrorwhenterrorism continuesto becomesophisticated.

Theeffectiveness of theagencyis evidentdue to thereducednumberof threatsduring travel.Manypeopleincludingthesecuritypersonnelfeelthattheagency’sactivitiesare effective.Since the9/11 terrorist attack,veryfewcasesarereported.TSA tookover all theterminalscreenings in thecountry.Theyusesophisticatedequipmentto screenpeoplein theseterminals.Areportreleasedin 2011 showedthenumberof equipmentthat theagencyretrievedfrom suspicioustravelers.Mostof thesehadthepotential to contravenethesecurityduring travel.Securityexpertsfeelthattheprivatesecuritygroupsthat conductedsurveillancein theseterminalscould havedonea similarthing.Therefore,there is verylittledoneby theagencythat could not havebeendoneby theprivatesecuritygroups.

Thetechnologies employedlike fullbodyscanners reducetheinstancesof fumblinginto traveler`sdocuments.Manualscreening is tediousanda lotof timegetslost.Fullbodyscanners reducethetimerequiredto screenone traveleras thiseasescongestion,as wellas theworkof theTSA personnel.Facial recognitionandsensors helpto matchappearancesof suspectsin thesecuritydatabase, andtheybecomeeasilyidentifiable (Sanchez, 2012).

Theadoptionof thistechnology coststhegovernmenta considerableamountof money.Thecostof one bodyscanner is estimatedto havecostbetween 130,000$ and170, 000$. Asof 2012, theagencywasableto scanmorethan 60% of all thetravelersin theairportsacross thecountry.Theagencyrequiredan additionalamountof 105 million dollarsto achievea hundred percent fullbodyscan on travelers.Ifwellimplemented,thetechnology will putan endto thetendencyof peoplecarryingdangerousweaponsin their bodies(Sanchez, 2012).

OnethingI would implementin theTSA is investingin intelligence.Theagencyhas enoughhardwareto combatcrime,butitinvestsverylittleto intelligence.Theapproachwould involvecovertmeasuresandintelligencecollectionin theterminals.Thecostof trainingintelligenceofficerswould be muchlowerthan thecostof buyingsophisticatedequipment.Out of the7.9 billion dollars,thatheagencyuseseveryyearabout 10% getsusedon equipment.Theagencyhas in thepastregardedas theatricalwhenitcomesto thesafetyof travelers.The10% of thebudgetis enoughto spendon intelligencegatheringandcovertoperations.

Securityproceduresof theTSA are in conflictwith thepeople’sliberty.Peoplefeelthatthescanners that providea nudeimageof thetravelerinfringetheir rightto privacy.However,suchmeasuresare importantto maintainthesecurityof thetravelers.There is alsoworrythattheuseof X-ray in thescanners makethetravelersvulnerableto cancer.To bringthetwo partiesto an agreement,theagencymust involvethepublicto givetheir opinionon theuseof securitygadgetsbefore their implementation (Sanchez, 2012). Thepublicneedseducationon thefunctioning of theequipmentandwhethertheyposea threatto their healthornot.

References

Sanchez,J. (March 29, 2012). Debating TSA effectiveness. Catoat Liberty.Retrieved from http://www.cato.org/blog/debating-tsas-effectiveness