TSA Mongs Reach Deeper in Your Pocket

tsa-security-theaterFor the billions wasted on the Transportation Security Theater Agency (the direct cost of the failed agency is approaching $10B a year), and the complete lack of performance of the agency (the number of terrorists caught and/or terror plots thwarted by TSA is holding at 0), the agency is doing what government agencies do: grabbing more money. Directly from travelers.

A security fee that the government charges airline passengers more than doubled on Monday, from $2.50 to $5.60.

Lawmakers last year approved an increase in the fee, which is tacked onto the cost of airplane tickets, as part of a budget agreement.

Additionally, passengers will be charged twice if they have a layover for a connecting flight….

“Due to new @TSA fee hike, travelers will pay a billion dollars more per year in added taxes/fees thanks to U.S. [government],” Airlines for American President Nick Calio tweeted recently.

via TSA fee on plane tickets more than doubles | TheHill.

There is no limit to the greed of these payroll patriots. And there’s no accountability for their failures. The director who built a multimillion-dollar Xanadu office? No consequences. The hundreds, if not thousands, of TSA agents who steal from travelers? No consequences (in the worst case, they are quietly fired with a neutral reference). The abuses of Behavioral Detection Officer quackery? No consequences. Mismanagement at every level? No consequences.

No one good, decent, honest, competent, moral, ethical or intelligent has ever been employed at TSA in any capacity whatsoever.

10 thoughts on “TSA Mongs Reach Deeper in Your Pocket

  1. medic09

    I think you need to copyright that last line. Eventually folks are going to catch on and start quoting it.

  2. Dan F

    The television news was making hay about how this fee isn’t even going to the Terribly Stupid Agency but to pay for other .gov waste. They made a big deal about how security will not be enhanced. Apparently genital groping on overtime makes us safer somehow?

  3. revjen45

    “No one good, decent, honest, competent, moral, ethical or intelligent has ever been employed at TSA in any capacity whatsoever.”

    May I respectfully disagree? A gentleman whom I have known for several years worked briefly for the Sturmabteilung TSA as the only possible alternative to either no income whatsoever or being a tapeworm, which offended his soul. As soon as productive employment was available he told SA-TSA to pound sand. As a knowledgeable now ex-Sturmmann his contempt for them exceeds that of the normal well informed patriot.

  4. "Greg"

    I’m partially glad I never completed my TSA application process, although that would not immediately disagree with Weaponsman’s assertations (oops, I guess “assertions” is the MORE correct word to use?) without some further independent assessment of my moral/intellectual/credible qualities anyway?

  5. Bill K

    Speaking of air marshals, one day, I hope to visit Israel. And when I do, there’s one airline I’ll be flying – El Al. Go with the best or die like the rest…

    If we live long enough, the TSA may become preferred providers of Obamacare:

    1. Hognose Post author

      At the rate the Europeans are canceling flights, El Al might be the only option soon. I loved it when some idjit Special Rapporteur from the UN stood up and said “both sides” needed to stop “targeting civilians.” Yeah, because the Hamas kids chained to rocket launchers as human shields make counterbattery fire exactly the same thing as firing on civilian communities.

  6. Wise Cave Owl

    “during the fighting in the Meuse-Argonne, German machine-gun crews were frequently found dead, chained to their weapons”. Oh, they weren’t? No, they weren’t. Still dead, though.

  7. David

    I worked for TSA from 2002 to early 2004, when it was still Department of Transportation and DSH didn’t yet exist. There were some troubling aspects even then (going through people’s baggage does that to you), but There was still talk of phasing it out by 2005. Most of us grunts were surprised when it became the basis for DHS.

    I don’t know if i stopped any terrorists, but I do think a few air disasters were prevented. I’m still appalled by what people think they can bring on a plane–like the couple going camping in Yosemite who filled their camp stove with Coleman fuel and checked it in their bag, because it cost $2 a gallon more at their destination…

    1. Hognose Post author

      It is kind of amazing people do stuff like that. ValuJet, the low cost airline, was destroyed financially when corporate cost-cutting led to negligence that loaded live oxygen generators in the hold of an aircraft, causing an uncontrollable inflight fire. OTOH, every week TSA finds firearms that people forgot they had (?!) It’s 10 PM — do you know where your firearm is? (We got more firearms than average here, but we know where every firearm and accountable part is right now).

      ETA: none of those forgotten firearms, though, are actually a threat to flight safety. Unlike that Coleman stove.

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