In June we reported that a former TSA agent was arrested on felony cocaine charges. This week WKBW reported that Todd Stoddard received a very lenient sentence when he was sentenced to up to five years probation.
I’m not a lawyer, but that seems like a very minimal sentence for being charged with six counts related to possession, sale, and use of cocaine. Apparently, there must be some legal perks that come with TSA employment. On top of that, if Mr. Stoddard has any trouble finding work, he could always find a job working as an ObamaCare navigator.
When a TSA agent screws up, it reflects poorly on the entire organization. This is not unique to the TSA, the private sector deals with the same headaches when one of their own brings shame to the organization.
In the private sector, when this occurs, customers may choose to use the services of a competitor. The TSA does not face these consequences. They are the only gig in town. If you want to fly on an airplane, then you must go through their security theater gauntlet. There is no other option. This results in a rigid system that does not respond to customer’s desires.
After the tragic events at LAX last week, which took the life of a TSA agent, there has been talk of the TSA needing to increase security at their checkpoints. In a Lions of Liberty article from last Wednesday, Brian pointed out how insane it would be to add another layer of gun-toting TSA agents to the already bloated bureaucracy.
It should not be up to politicians or bureaucrats to determine the proper level of security necessary in order to board an airplane. Airport security needs to be returned to the airlines and airports, which would have to constantly adjust based on market signals to provide the best combination of safety and customer satisfaction.
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