We complain about TSA's personnel quality control as much as anyone. Our favorite example, which we trot out every time one of these stories break, is that the agency recruits its employees by putting ads on the back of pizza boxes.
But there are two caveats that, though we drone about them endlessly, bear repeating.
The first is that if you're going to complain about TSA's low quality employees, we want to see you being intellectually honest and pushing for more funding. That's the only way the agency will be able to hire better agents. There's another intellectually consistent alternative - you could push for Congress to totally dismantle TSA - but that's never going to happen because no lawmaker wants to get tagged for a possible future terror attack.
The other caveat - and this is the one that really upsets people - is that if you don't trust TSA workers to make their own decisions, then you can't complain about some of the TSA's dumbest rules. The reason those rules are so dumb is because they're designed to be idiot-proof. If you think that some of the personnel at checkpoints are in fact idiots, that's what you want.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying: if you're a TSA hater who wants smart agents capable of reliably using their judgment, you're probably going to have to suck it up and push for more support for the agency.
If not, we're all in for more of this:
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