The TSA employs more than 65,000 people, including 13,000-plus administrative staff.
Despite the TSA’s massive work force, more than 25,000 security breaches have occurred at U.S. airports in the last decade, according to the report.
The TSA has developed a behavior detection program in an effort to single out potentially dangerous fliers, but according to the Government Accountability Office, 17 known terrorists have traveled through security 24 different times at the eight airports where this program is in place.
The Congressional report notes that the agency spent $800 million on the behavior detection program since 2007 and that it will cost more than $1.2 billion in the next five years.
Nearly $40 million was used to purchase more than 200 machines designed to detect explosives, but only half could be used after it was discovered that the machines could not detect explosives when installed in airports.
maybe that congressional budget committee can slash TSA spending as part of their agreement.
Oh good lord this is ridiculous. And I thought I was mad at the TSA BEFORE I read this.
“Sekoff was the first to address the standing-room-only crowd (and others who were conferenced in by phone). He guided the assembled staffers through a PowerPoint presentation and delivered what one person in attendance described as his standard “stump speech” about the so-called “Huffington Post DNA.” He told them that successful aggregation means adding value, intelligently contextualizing the reporting of others, packaging things well. Don’t take too much, and ask yourself whether you’ve extracted all the value, he advised. He also called up some of his favorite headlines of late, such as the abbreviated screamer that was splashed across the homepage following the arrest in May of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “OMG IMF.”—Learn about HuffPo leading the way in Internet Mountaintop Removal. Jesus.
“Part of me wonders if this isn’t classic, New York-y it’s-hard-to-live-here hubris, that our airports are obnoxious because everything else about living here is obnoxious and maybe we like it that way? Whereas, say, Kuala Lumpur’s airport is far, far more pleasant than the experience of actually being in Kuala Lumpur.”—
“Paul: That Delta terminal is how I imagine the fall of Saigon.”
“Alexander: I expected someone to rise to the defense of Newark. It’s an airport safety school, some sort of aviation Brandeis.”
I’m having a really shitty day and this cheered me up immensely. I love and miss you guys.
P.S. And from the “duckface” link to the NYT: “Zoe Slavonic, 16, from Nevada City, Calif., whose Facebook page was to duckface what the Frick Collection is to Whistler, saw Mr. Gamble’s video and erased all her duckface pictures.” God bless the NYT.