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Remove the TSA from airport screening (Prove Me Wrong!)

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Started: 3/18/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Hello! I'm so glad to debate this topic with you! There is only one rule, make sure to back any argument by means of a warrant whether it be logical or evidence based.

Now with this topic it is important to understand that I am not advocating a complete abolition of the TSA, but rather that their screening force is too much for them to handle and it must be localized and handled by airports in order for there to be a return in accountability.

The first thing to note is the problem: TSA is self regulating. What this means is while TSA sets standards for security, they also provide the workforce. This means they are accountable only to themselves.
Rep. John Mica has similarly noted that "a properly constructed security structure puts the regulator in a position to independently oversee and audit security performance."

Next we see the lapse in security or the fact that the TSA is overburdened:
a. TSA can't check to see who they are employing
b. They cleared 73 people in the federal database for terrorist
This results in two main harms:
1. Delays and 500 extra deaths and over $16 billion due to it
2. 95% security fail to catch bombs and other terror threats.

Now what most other countries have done to get around the problem of self regulation was to downsize the federal role to just regulations and oversight and leaving the screening part to airports or other entities.

My plan is simple:

Since there is already a working privatization program (called SPP) I would simply move all airports to it and let them hire private contractors that would be vetted by the TSA. This localizes the screening and releases the burden from the TSA so that they can do their most important job of security research and regulating standards.

Now, only 22 out of the 450 total airports are in SPP (the Screening Partnership Program), because TSA employs the largest federal union (AFGE) to lobby cities from letting airports apply to it. My plan removes that monopoly force and gives airports their choice for best security.

here is the results of some of the airports allowed into the SPP before the TSA union was created:

1. 65% faster screening than TSA
2. 3x better screening detection than TSA

At this point my position is clear: We need to relieve TSA of this unnecessary burden of maintaining a workforce, for their sake and for that of our own.

Evidence Links:

Chris Edwards December 1, 2013 Accessed 12/21/2017
"Privatizing the Transportation Security Administration"

Adam Kredo, February 3, 2016, Accessed 10/27/2017
(Disclosure: TSA Cannot Verify Employees" Criminal Histories)

Brian Bennett, 2015, accessed 10/27/2017
(73 airport workers with possible terrorism ties passed TSA background checks)

a. (deaths)
Ronald Bailey 2016 (journalist) 18 May 2016 "Would You Be Afraid to Fly If the TSA Were Abolished?"

b. (economic loss) NICHOLAS E. CALIO 2014.

Andy Campbell. 2015. (journalist) ("TSA Fails 95 Percent Of Airport Security Tests Conducted By Homeland Security: Report" 01 JUNE 2015.)

Steve Forbes Sep 2012 Accessed on 10/10/17 "TSA Conflict of Interest Would Come As No Surprise To Adam Smith"

Shirley Ybarra 2013 (senior transportation policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank; former Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia) "Overhauling U.S. Airport Security"


Let me just start off by stating a partially obvious fallacy: appeal to authority, since your evidence is mostly coming from commercial sites like Huffington Post and Forbes, who are not very qualified to place an official opinion on something this serious, but they do have logic and evidence, so I will let it slide.

Much of your argument is sound and I support you, except your solution is what I am arguing against, so remember that.

Here is a more optimal solution. Due to the fact that the TSA is very disabled in their hiring, we as people should in some way complain to the government about it. It is illogical that the NSA can access all of our information for very few tasks (I won't state all of them since that would be a fallacy of getting off topic, but information can be found at, though don't be surprised if you find pretty much nothing) which are so small, they aren't featured on the news regularly, but an essential government agency fighting on the most murderous crimes today can't even keep track of some employee info. The NSA should be giving the TSA lots more information. This brings me to one small rebuttal: privatization would simply make it harder for the program/s to gain information they could easily access if they had close cooperation with people like the NSA.
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