TSA Employees Exceed Airport Staff in Charlotte

By on 12.3.10 | 2:55PM

Following the Transportation Security Administration body scan and pat-down policy furor, we've heard some airport administrators say they would like to replace the agency's personnel with outside contractors to handle security (although they'd still have to follow TSA procedures). Count Charlotte (N.C.)/Douglas International Airport Aviation Director Jerry Orr as one of those who would like to fire TSA. Why? Carolina Journal reports:

If it were up to Orr, far fewer travelers would be subjected to x-ray machines and pat-downs.

"We spend an awful lot of time putting an awful lot of people through things that are obviously unnecessary," he said. "The process from the very beginning has been to look for things - and typically the things they look for are yesterday's threat ... we need to be looking at people with intent."

Orr said security guards should be allowed to evaluate passengers "based on a number of criteria" and determine which of them should be selected for extra screening.

Kasich to President: Keep Your Train Money

By on 11.19.10 | 2:16PM

With newly elected GOP governors in Wisconsin (Scott Walker) and Ohio (John Kasich), Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (he was a Republican once too, you know) announced this week that he would take federal funds dedicated to those states for high-speed rail and send them elsewhere. WFAE reported LaHood's remarks to politicos and business-folk in Charlotte, NC:

"There are a couple of governors-elect that have said they don't know if they can afford to be in the high-speed rail business, and the reason I mention that is we are going to be reallocating money from Ohio and Wisconsin," LaHood said. LaHood made no promises, but says North Carolina is in a good position to get a share of the money because the state (and Democrat Gov. Beverly Perdue) appears committed to high-speed rail.

Nice of WFAE to post Kasich's letter to President Obama, which said:

The TSA Can’t Help Being Annoying

By on 11.15.10 | 2:38PM

With the holiday travel season approaching fast, public anger at the federal Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) increasingly invasive airport passenger screening procedures - full body scans and pat downs - seems to be growing louder by the day. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano argues that these measures are necessary to maintain an adequate level of security for the nation's air travel.

Indeed, some types of safety measures, including passenger screening, are needed for air travel safety. The problem with the current security regime is its structure. In a way the TSA can't help annoying travelers with petty, intrusive rules. It is in its nature, as a top-down, government regulatory bureaucracy. By design, it's good at promulgating and enforcing rules, not so much at turning on a dime to react quickly to potential threats, which have an annoying habit of turning up unexpectedly and be ever shifting.

Chicago-Style Intimidation of Toyota?

By on 2.3.10 | 6:05PM

That's what the Washington Examiner's editors are wondering, after President Obama's Transportation Secretary (and former Republican Illinois Rep.) Ray LaHood said all Toyota owners should "stop driving it and take it to a dealer."

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Obama Won

By on 9.26.08 | 11:25PM

Two caveats: First, because of some incredibly bad transportation luck, I missed the first 17 minutes of the debate, so if there were knock-out blows during those 17 minutes, I missed them. Second, I cheated: I watched very closely the CNN response dial. The dial clearly showed that Obama won. And the dial matched my impressions. Obama stood toe to toe with McCain on foreign policy -- McCain was right, and Obama was wrong, but I always put myself in the role of Rip Van Winkle who knows nothng of the past 20 years and thus is totally open to being convinced, and I thought Obama was at LEAST as convincing to the unknowledgeable -- and not only stood toe to toe, but seemed far more likeable, far more gracious, and far more forward-looking. McCain showed deep knowledge, but it was all backwards looking. Obama sounded almost as knowledgeable, and far more reasonable in outlook and temperament. McCain missed numerous chances to explain that IF he had been listened to in 2003, we would ALREADY have won in Iraq, and would be thus able to have moved on.

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