Not many people have good things to say about airport security, especially the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and its biggest critic, it seems, is the former head of security at an Israeli airport, Rafi Sela.
Airport security is "all bullshit," he says, "The TSA couldn't protect you from a six-year-old with a water balloon."
What are his issues with the organization? Here’s a list:
1- It's both a regulatory agency and a security agency. Not even the CIA is allowed to be both.
2- Politics can significantly affect the TSA too. For example, Sela says, it is thanks to the former secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, that the airports in the U.S. have full-body scanners and a hoard of naked photos of passengers online.
3- The TSA spends too much time on luggage and not enough time looking at the people behind the luggage. He also says it's incredibly easy to hide something in your suitcase.
4- Security checks only occur at one place at an airport. Unless you're flying internationally, there's no security when you land and certainly none at baggage claims, where a lot of people gather.
5- Lastly, a lot of airports aren't exactly bomb-proof. Many are made of glass. Instead of taking a bomb threat into a blast-proof room like they do at Sela's airport in Israel, a bomb threat in the states could shut down a terminal for days because it has no good way of getting rid of or testing the bomb on premise.
One actually can’t blame him for his dissatisfaction with TSA; all the points he has are valid.
Here are five other things the TSA loves doing: