John Stossel was at USU last week. He said airports can opt out of TSA and get private security. He said SFO has done this and TSA has tried sting operations to find holes but came up empty. He also said TSA stands for Thousands Standing Around.
Unfortunately, airports who opt out of using the TSA are still required to implement the TSA security guidelines.
Having flown through SFO many times, I can tell you they follow the TSA stupidity guidelines, too, though I don't know if those are actually required.
Oh, I should mention... on my way back from D.C. last month I refused to go through the nudie scanner (as I always do), so they sent me for a pat down. I had four kids in line behind me (three mine, one niece), ages 18, 17, 14 and 10. All four were allowed to go through without any screening at all!
Because I had refused, policy apparently said that my kids couldn't be sent through the nudie scanner, but neither did they want to pat all of them down (for whatever reason). Rather than sending them through the metal detector, the "agents" just had all four of them troop past all scanning to join my wife (who had submitted to the scanner).
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