Remember when traveling by air was an adventure? Sure, we had to walk through the metal detectors as far back as the early 1970s. But back then, private security firms who had been hired by the airlines did the screening. So there was an interest in customer service and satisfaction as well as security. September 11, 2001 changed all of that. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act required that all passenger screening must be conducted by Federal employees. These employees, who became the Transportation Security Administration, were under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security. And we all know what this has done to what used to be an exciting and pleasant activity. I have some truly horrible stories as I’m sure we all do.
What if this security were to be expanded to… oh, let’s say subways? Or trains? Or even that toll bridge you have to cross to get to work? That may be in the works. In the November 30, 2012 Federal Register, the TSA applied for funding to “… establish the current state of security gaps and implemented countermeasures throughout the highway mode of transportation…” This examination of data is allegedly to help the TSA to provide resources to the “… surface transportation community.” Surface transportation? That would mean trains, buses, trucks and cars. The TSA calls this study BASE - Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement.
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