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Senate Dems back plan to double TSA ‘security fee’ per flight

posted at 11:12 am on May 29, 2012 by

If you enjoy the long lines and interminable waits at airport checkpoints, relish the thrill of removing your shoes, your belt, and any other article of clothing or jewelry that is likely to trip the sensors … then prepare to fall in love. The Transportation Security Administration—that paragon of governmental efficiency and competence—wants to double the security fee on each round-trip airline ticket from $5 to $10.

And what’s more is that the agency that has strip-searched wheelchair-bound grandmas and their grandchildren in diapers while never nabbing a single terrorist has the backing of Democrats in the Senate. Not since Barack Obama sought to unionize the TSA in 2011 to increase his support by Big Labor has there been a more galling move that involved an agency that should have long ago been disbanded.

video report by CNN notes that the TSA’s budget, like many in Washington, is scheduled to be cut. Senate Republicans have proposed trimming other social programs to offset the security fee increase. Yet, it would appear from the revelation last month that the TSA was secretly shelving expensive high-tech equipment in a Texas warehouse that the budget could use a good trimming.

Meanwhile, flyers opposed to paying more to keep the TSA in hose have the support of a strange bedfellow—the airline industry. WTVR, the Richmond, Va., CBS affiliate, quotes Airlines for America spokesman Sean Kennedy as saying:

Air security is a national security function and it’s something that all of us need to be behind as Americans, and the government should be picking up the cost of that.

Thanks, Sean. Now, if you could do something about the ridiculous baggage fees imposed by major air carriers, we’d really be getting somewhere.

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Air security is a national security function and it’s something that all of us need to be behind as Americans, and the government should be picking up the cost of that.

Don’t thank him for that… what he means is “Can’t we do this with a generic tax hike, so people won’t notice?”

When will their brains finally absorb the truth that government funding isn’t an infinite pool of magical resources?

We pay for that, every last one of us. The more the government spends, the less of our time, our own lives, we actually have for ourselves.

PXCharon on May 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Mitt should make dissolution of the TSA Job One, on day one.

Consider what Reagan did with the air traffic controllers and what it did for his popularity.

Joe Mama on May 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Joe Mama 12:13

I’ll be able to fly like Icarus before that’ll happen.

avgjo on May 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

And while I appreciate the tenor of this article, let’s not forget, despite the great support by dimocrats for the American Gestapo, George W. oversaw the creation of this monstrosity.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

avgjo on May 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Uh, when the gubmint picks up the tab that means the taxpayers pick up the tab, so they want us to pay for something I believe a majority of us loathe and disagree with–at least with how it’s being done. Welcome, Americans, to your new-old marx-commie-soc-prog left-in-the-dark nation.

stukinIL4now on May 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Well, I don’t know about you, but I think TSA is doing a bang-up job strip-searching the wheelchair-bound and terrorizing 4-year-olds. We should spend more on them.

J.E. Dyer on May 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

J.E., you do understand that your comment will now be taken out of context, context being an implied “/sarc.”

Howard Portnoy on May 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Just not sure why doubling down on stupid will work out.

Oh wait…government program. Meant to make people “feel safe” but not actually keep them safe.

Maintaining a fraud is expensive…

ProfShadow on May 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I like the idea of moving the funding out into the open – makes more people madder faster at Democrats in Congress.

AesopFan on May 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Of course! When your mechanic does a crappy job on your car, the most natural thing to do is to double his fee so he’ll do better next time, isn’t it?

Socratease on May 30, 2012 at 1:53 AM