Best thing about sequestration? TSA takes a dive

Wax Wizard of Oz
The intertubes are full of wailing about the automatic, across-the-board cuts called sequestration that are set to take effect in 30 days if Congress doesn’t get its act together.

But amidst all the shrieking and rending of garments are howls of a different nature — from people who are thrilled that sequestration could mean a hiring freeze on the TSA and fewer of the blue-gloved goons grabbing our crotches and stealing our belongings.

TSA spokespeople, led by chief propagandist John Pistole, are, of course, predicting dire consequences if the spending cuts go forward.

Oh noes! Longer lines at security! Missed connections! Terror in the skies! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Oh, well. In every cloud there’s a silver lining.

(Photo: JoshBerglund19/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • maggoooz

    chortle chortle…lets hope this is the beginning of the demise of the wicked witch aka TSA

    • Daisiemae

      No such luck. Even water won’t kill this witch. She’ll just rise again.

  • anc1entmar1ner

    The solution is simple: get rid of the invasive, time-consuming naked body scanners and go back to effective and non-invasive metal detectors, which take less time and fewer people to staff. Ending the punitive gropedowns will also save time and personnel. Additionally, this would result in fewer complaints from those who still care about their constitutional rights.

  • Susan Richart

    http://homeland.house.gov/sites/home…orm_Report.pdf

    Graph on page 14 shows between 2010 and 2011 the number of airline passengers grew from about 628,000,000 to about 638,000,000. At the same time, the number of FTE screeners grew from 45,000 to just under 48,000.

    A 6.2% increase in screeners, in one year, to cover a 1.5% increase in traffic.

    Seems there is a lot of overage that could be cut.

  • CelticWhisper

    Erm, what’s the significance of the Wizard of Oz picture here?

    • Did you read the post? “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”

      • CelticWhisper

        Argh. Well, I read it…sorta…if by “read” you mean “skim over like a manic meerkat on meth because I had to get out the door right quick.”

        So yeah…I fail it.