Delta Airline has figured an angle to drive traffic to its business.

As complaints rise over long screening lines at airports, the new boss at Delta, Ed Bastian, says his company has negotiated a Clear discount for members of its SkyMiles frequent flier program.

Clear is a biometric and identification service. It offers “pre-screening” at airport security checkpoints. A regular annual Clear membership costs $179. It allows travelers to avoid increasingly long lines.

Delta also offers the TSA “staffing at no cost … to help them clear the queues.” The TSA, like all government operations, is ponderously slow, and more so after it decided to begin

The TSA, like all government operations, is ponderously slow and expensive, and more so after it decided to begin closer examination of carry-on luggage following revelations of security gaps. This has resulted in historically long lines at airports.

Congress is considering allowing the Department of Homeland Security to move some of its funds into the private sector and let companies perform background checks on passengers. The TSA PreCheck program, for instance, provides an expedited screening process, including the ability to keep on shoes, belts, and light jackets and to keep computers and liquids in their bags at around 124 participating airports, according to

The TSA PreCheck program, for instance, provides an expedited screening process, including the ability to keep on shoes, belts, and light jackets and to keep computers and liquids in their bags at around 124 participating airports, according to David Inserra.

Another program cited as an example for the privatization model is the Screening Partnership Program. It was created by Congress so airports could take advantage of private sector efficiency in the screening lines while still remaining under TSA oversight and security rules. If adopted by 35 major airports across the country—it is currently active in 18 airports—it would save $1 billion over five years. Predictably, the program rollout was saddled with government regulation and TSA insistence it

If adopted by 35 major airports across the country—it is currently active in 18 airports—it would save $1 billion over five years. Predictably, the program rollout was saddled with government regulation and TSA insistence it keep in place a contractor crony system instead of allowing airports to decide on vendors.

Moreover, bureaucrats insist the private sector is not more efficient and cost effective than the government.

“There is no documentation of the superiority of private screeners,” J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA workers, said. “There are no cost savings.”

Left out of the argument is the fact the TSA is unnecessary. Other nations use private companies and allow airlines to conduct their own security measures. The TSA and its parent, the leviathan Department of Homeland Security, are part of the malady of unchecked government that extends its reach far beyond what is prescribed by the Constitution and contrary to the founding principles of the nation.

The revelations on lax security at TSA checkpoints underscore the fact the TSA has yet to catch a single terrorist and is engaged in “security theater,” according to Bruce Schneier.

“Security theater refers to security measures that make people feel more secure without doing anything to actually improve their security,” he writes. “Terrorism has always been rare, and for all we’ve heard about 9/11 changing the world, it’s still rare.”

The DHS and the TSA are the public face of an emerging police state. The government is not sincerely interested in preventing terrorism. In fact, in Syria and elsewhere around the world, it actively supports and promotes terrorism. The DHS, TSA, the surveillance grid of the NSA and other intelligence agencies, are designed to acclimate and

The DHS, TSA, the surveillance grid of the NSA and other intelligence agencies, are designed to acclimate and habitualize the populace to control measures under the largely exaggerated threat of terror. The primary threat to the status quo and the government is internal dissent, not external violent terror.

The privatization paradigm is the next step to an all-encompassing panopticon police state. However, in this regard, government is its own worst enemy. Not only does it reluctantly transfer operations to a more efficient and lean private sector, it also eventually kills the host it feeds upon.


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