Threatened sequestration cuts to TSA not so threatening

The White House and Congressional Democrats have been ramping up their sequester scare campaign this week with the help of their media counterparts. ABC News today rolled out a list of “57 Terrible Consequences of the Sequester,” but it almost certainly didn’t have the impact of the Washington Post’s revelation that the sequester will apparently make a seal cry.

Number 2 on ABC’s list is the threat of longer lines at airport security checkpoints due to staff reductions at the TSA, which has some thinking there’s some real money to be saved by cutting the TSA altogether.

  • Spatial Awareness

    #Sequester the TSA??? But who’s gonna give me a “hand job” in Atlanta???

    • William J. Miller

      I’m sure you can find someone on Metropolitan Avenue. And surprisingly, you’ll be at less risk of losing valuables in that neighborhood, than after TSA rummages through your luggage.

      • Spatial Awareness

        -I have no doubt! Last time I went through Atlanta it was like getting the “Complete Exam”…… O.O

  • Guest

    Lol @ spatial awareness.
    It would be worth it for me to wait longer in line if that means the TSA, aka “affirmative action on steroids” gets cut.. They are a fkn joke and I want to talk sh*t to them every time I am at the airport but unfortunately, we all know what would happen – I would get an anal probe and then be put on the “no fly” list.

  • Maxx

    So, the fact that there will be less TSA employees to grope 80-year-old Boca grandmothers and five-year-old, explosive-carrying toddlers is supposed to be a bad thing?

    • Matthew Koch

      Of course it is! Those grandmas’ won’t feel up themselves!

  • TJ

    The new Brownshirt do not work for free.

  • rivers

    This is exciting! Heck I might just have to throw a sequester party. Fingers crossed!

  • GaryTheBrave

    My favorite idea:

    Roger Unwin @ItsAGreenOne

    I have the solution to the #sequester… Return the TSA to clinton era funding levels.
    4:01 AM – 22 Feb 13

  • subtleties

    Funny, the more “scary” stories Obama tells us the happier we are….yes, sequester us–we like it.

  • Jason

    Abolish the TSA, seriously. The cockpit doors all lock now, and when people see another passenger trying to pull something, they take him down (even when its just a seizure, lol). There’s never going to be another 9-11 style attack. So why do people still worry about planes? It could get blown up, but so could a bus, and much easier. So wasn’t the real motivation for the expanded TSA paranoid fear? And isn’t it being kept around through bureaucratic inertia? The only real reason left for the disproportionate airline security is to protect the investments of the big airline corporations. That being said, they should pay for it themselves if they really want it, which they wont because its cheaper to buy insurance for the planes. So since no one benefits enough from the security to make it worthwhile, just let it go away.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Seriously? Certainly throttle it back. No, there isn’t going to another 9/11 type hijacking — probably — but that is in large part because we are more security conscious now, and I believe there have been interceptions of what may have been test-runs, looking for weaknesses to be exploited. Yes, cockpit doors lock, but they can be unlocked very easily with a gun or knife held to a stewardess or 10 year old passenger.

      As in other areas, part of the problem is that private citizens have ceded power and responsibility to the government. I’d say for the FAA to establish some baseline security standards, and lay them at the feet of each airline. Cheapo Airways will just meet them, and have cheap tickets. International Airlines will go the extra mile, and passengers will pay accordingly for the added peace of mind. And then there will be Air Natsi, catering to the gullible neurotics, who will charge the highest of all, and subject every passenger to a full strip-and-cavity search before boarding.

      Yes, I’m perfectly serious about this concept.

      • bluewaternavy

        I’d get rid of govenment run security run by uncivil servants. TSA in it’s present form is a breeding ground for power-hungry morons and perverts to get a cheap thrill.

  • Paul Citro

    Obummer is like the boy who cried wolf.

  • מרטין

    Peggy Noonan has really joined the Dark Side if she really thinks scrapping the TSA is a bad thing. Reagan must be turning over in his grave.

    Also, fact: More TSA have been arrested for felonies than dangerous air travelers arrested by the TSA. As a national security wonk, I like to look at cost-benefit analyses. Well, there’s one for you.

  • Amy Alkon

    We are wasting vast amounts of money by treating every American as a suspect and having them searched by unskilled workers rather than having trained intelligence officers go after actual suspects when there’s probable cause to do so.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Oh Noes!!

    The Airports!!!


    Old ladies in wheel chairs will no longer have to remove their Foley catheters…

    My balls won’t have to be cupped & fondled by strange men in government uniforms…

    The terrorists…they have won !11evnty!!

  • bluewaternavy

    The only reason for TSA’s existance is to give otherwise unemployable cretins a crack at collecting a paycheck. Boot ’em!