My first exposure to the TSA was not long after the attacks of Sept. 11. We had traveled to Georgia for Thanksgiving and our baggage was rifled by a person or persons unknown. It seemed obvious that the culprit(s) was with the TSA.
Prescription medications and a credit card, thought to have been secreted in the luggage, were stolen. The statement reflected liberal use of the credit card at a Boston-area gas station, seemingly passed from person to person since the amount purchased wouldn't have fit into a single vehicle, and other locations.
We wasted time reporting the theft to the TSA. In a "couldn't be bothered" voice, the person on the other end of the phone said they'd investigate. Right. From that point on, we traveled light and always carry our bags onboard.
Another trip to Georgia this past week brought us through the Logan and Atlanta airports. There were a considerable number of TSA people in security but the number seemed like overkill. Really, how many people do you need to tell you to take off your shoes and belt.
We passed through security with disposable razors and small containers of an unlabeled brown liquid. I'd forgotten about the razors and the liquid was medicated shampoo, but only we knew that. We sailed through security.
Our impression is that airport security has become more lax. We were put through the motions but some of the too many TSA folks were clearly not even paying attention.
With all the money spent on airport security, the fact that what we are left with is the TSA, is very disappointing. And now, they want to allow pocket knives on board.
"TSA" has become a kind of joke with our collective eyebrows rising when yet another security failure is reported.
Sooner or later, what appears to be a poorly equipped "security" force, will let through the wrong person and the outcome could be catastrophic.
-- Kate King