Apparently it wasn’t an accident that the TSA neglected to tell us how airport security rules have changed in response to Friday’s terror attempt. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced yesterday that there are new, more-restrictive security procedures for americans to comply with at airports, but we’re not cleared to know what they are.
According to Napolitano, not only are the new regulations super-secret, they’re not uniform, meaning, effectively, the public has no way of knowing whether the actions of TSA employees, who we’re legally required to obey, are appropriate or not.
What we can be fairly sure security screening will not include:$795 million worth of screening technology the General Accounting Office says we’ve paid for but never used. In the case of the explosives trace portal, which was meant to sense, say, underwear-borne plastic explosives, an untested system was deployed in 2006 and taken offline six months later.
This lack of accountability should outrage all Americans.
Napolitano also told Jake Tapper that under the new regime, passengers will be unable to tell in future if TSA employees are doing their jobs. Apparently, that’s a feature.
I’ll be back in the air tomorrow and will report back on what I run into at LAX and YVR tomorrow. Thankfully, I am leaving the U.S. rather than flying into it.