Photo: TSA lines at Chicago Midway. (Photo via Sean H on YouTube)
On Wednesday, the U.S. Travel Association released a new report outlining how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can improve its operations.
The report, entitled "Transforming Security at Airports: An Update on Progress and a Plan for the Future of Aviation Security," was developed to help meet the demands of a constantly shifting global security landscape and significantly improve the air travel experience in the United States.
Officials from the U.S. Travel Association point to the recent issues with extended wait times at airport security checkpoints earlier this year as one of the main reasons behind the need for changes in current policies.
“The American economy and way of life depend greatly upon a well-functioning TSA, and we cannot afford to wait until the next crisis to take a hard look at the agency's operations,” U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. “We need a set of policies that puts TSA on 'autopilot,' so to speak, so the agency's long-term success is ensured. Our policy blueprint does exactly that.”
The report issued by the U.S. Travel Association includes many recommendations, such as spending TSA fees on programs related to security, continuing to improve and expand TSA PreCheck, ending repetitive security checks, making TSA Administrator a nonpartisan appointment, expanding perimeter security checks to 100 percent of commercial airports and improving the utilization of software to more effectively deploy TSA staff.
“Training a TSA agent is expensive—as it should be, if it's done right—and expending those valuable staff resources on tasks that have little to do with identifying and managing threats is, to me, the definition of inefficiency,” Dow continued. “Our solutions focus on cutting waste, directing funding where it needs to go and thinking creatively about operations management.”
Check out the full report at the official website of the U.S. Travel Association.