April 28, 2006


TSA tries bonuses to retain workers (Thomas Frank, 4/27/06, USA TODAY)

The Transportation Security Administration will pay airport screeners up to a $1,000 bonus to entice them to stay at the turnover-plagued agency as it prepares for a summer of record air travel.

Roughly one in four screeners left last year, a rate nearly twice the rest of the federal workforce. Gale Rossides, an associate TSA administrator, said the bonuses are aimed at preventing a screener shortage during the upcoming peak travel months — when long lines could lead to higher security risks for travelers. [...]

Screeners make $23,504 to $44,580 depending on experience and where they work. Rossides said many screeners leave in their first year as they struggle to adjust to fluctuating work schedules and a "hectic pace."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2006 7:33 AM

It's still better than what Argenbright Security paid at DIA before 9/11. Still, though, aren't TSA dolts unionized, which was the real purpose behind setting up the TSA? If so, there shouldn't even be turnover this high.

Posted by: Brad S at April 28, 2006 8:44 AM

I'll bet if they had sanzzier uniforms, the turnover rate wouldn't be so high. How about Next Generation (including the Klingon sash)?

Posted by: ratbert at April 28, 2006 10:11 AM

I like the way you think. Throw in epaulets and a big plumed 18th century British navy hat and you've got yourself a deal.

Posted by: Bryan at April 28, 2006 10:40 AM

God forbid the terrorists ever succeed in another 9/11 scale attack, but if they do, it will be through the infiltration and/or the incompetence of these moronic bureaucracies.

One wonders whether we wouldn't have been safer simply disbanding FEMA, FBI, CIA, etc. and turning their assets and budgets over to local law enforcement.

Extreme? Probably, but these large institutional bureaucracies will be the death of this culture.

Posted by: Bruno at April 28, 2006 1:36 PM

Our entire airline security systems needs to be rethought. I suspect much of the work the TSA does is needless and unproductive. Those resources could be spent on a superior system.

Another 9/11 style attack will never happen again. It only worked the first time because of decades long conditioning to "always do what the terrorists tell you; you'll live and eventually be let go." If I was on the first plane, I'd be a clueless dope wondering why the WTC is coming so close. If I was on United 93 after figuring what was going on, I'd be the first one bashing down the cabin door and gladly accepting death if it meant others would live. I suspect most people are the same. 9/11 only succeeded because of a tactical surpise.

TSA is a broken system designed to fix a problem that does not exist. The government needs to do better, not more.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at April 28, 2006 1:41 PM


Why? We've had one hijacking incident in thirty years.

Posted by: oj at April 28, 2006 2:24 PM