Criticism of the Transportation Security Administration has been on-going since it was created and implemented in late 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) originally fell under the umbrella of the Department of Transportation. In 2003, after the Department of Homeland Security was created, the TSA was transferred to the division of the Department of Homeland Security.

One of the most common complaints against the TSA is the long lines at security check-in points. Even before the more stringent check-in procedures were recently implemented, some passengers were impatient and said the wait to get through airport screening was entirely too long. In the aftermath of more recent world-wide, as well as domestic terrorist plots that have either been successfully carried out or have been thwarted, security check-in lines at our nation’s airports are even longer. Many people still do not follow the guidelines for what they cannot bring on flights or in their carry-on bag, even though these guidelines have been in place for some time now, and are easily found on the TSA website. There are still many people who become irate over long lines at security check-in points, but yet they have not followed suggestions of the TSA regarding how far in advance of departure a passenger needs to arrive.

When the TSA implemented the newer rules regarding international travel, after more terrorist activity on transportation systems overseas, foreign travelers attempting to fly into the U.S. became very angry. Initially, the implementation of new security procedures regarding foreign travelers dictated that anyone flying from or through fourteen countries with known or suspected terrorist activity, upon arrival at U.S. airports, were subject to additional, more advanced screening procedures. Primarily on the list were Muslim countries. This caused uproar amongst many travelers from those countries. As worldwide terrorist activities and threats have continually increased, the TSA has now begun to require additional screening for any traveler coming into the United States from anywhere in the world. This too has caused much criticism of the TSA. ekspedisikobra

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One method the TSA employs as a means of higher security measures is the Secure Flight Program. This is a matching program where passenger lists are compared to those on the no-fly or watch list. The information is then transmitted back to the airports. Some feel that the Secure Flight Program is a means of stereotyping. It is due to the Secure Flight measures that a person must now produce government issued identification and the name on the identification must exactly match the name on the reservation. There have been criticisms aimed at the TSA due to their failure to properly monitor their own program. One example is the recent foiled bombing at Times Square. Many people may feel that if the Secure Flight Program really worked, then the suspect would never have been in the U.S.

Another and more recent criticism of the TSA, which continues to ire many is the advanced technology implemented at many airports. This is the full-body scans of the millimeter wave and backscatter scanning machines. Criticism has been that it is comparable to being strip-searched and an invasion of privacy.

The TSA has many programs, methods and technologies available at its disposure to protect the citizens, travelers and airline employees in our nation and abroad. In fact, in the week of 5/16/2010-5/23/2010, according to TSA statistics, 5 persons passing through U.S. airport security screenings were found to have firearms on their person or in luggage. Six people were arrested during the same time period for suspicious criminal behavior or falsified travel documents. Persons with questions about policies and guidelines may want to visit the website of the TSA to learn more.