TSA to Be Given Invasive New Task in Response to Coronavirus


If you polled Americans and asked them what the least enjoyable part of their traveling experience was, you would no doubt be inundated with responses naming the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA was implemented in the wake of 9/11 to act as a sort of deterrent to ne’er-do-wells who would look to use our own transportation infrastructure against us, but they are truly little more than “security theater”.  They are largely unarmed, blue-shirted goons who are meant to intimidate terrorists – which in and of itself should tell you just how effective the entire organization was from the start.

Worse still, these airport mall cops have been given the authority to grope us, make us remove articles of clothing, and bombard us with radiation via x-rays that nobody asked for.

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Now, in the wake of coronavirus, they’ll be picking up some medical duties as well.

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U.S. officials are preparing to begin checking passengers’ temperatures at roughly a dozen airports as soon as next week, as the coronavirus pandemic has heightened travel anxieties, according to people familiar with the matter.

Details of the plan are under review by the White House and are subject to change, the people said. It couldn’t be determined which airports will initially have the new scanning procedures. A senior Trump administration official said the initial rollout is expected to cost less than $20 million, and that passengers won’t be charged an additional fee.

Airlines have been pushing for the Transportation Security Administration to start taking passengers’ temperatures as part of a multifaceted effort to keep potentially sick people from boarding planes and to make passengers feel more comfortable taking trips again. Demand for air travel has dropped more than 90% amid transport restrictions and stay-at-home orders.

Not everyone was on-board with these new boarding protocols, unsurprisingly.

People familiar with the matter said the TSA has raised concerns about taking on responsibility for temperature scanning, believing it doesn’t fall within the scope of its security mission. Its employees also have been exposed: Over 500 have tested positive for Covid-19 and six have died.

“At this time, no decision has been made regarding specific health screening measures at airports,” the TSA said Friday.

And, knowing that we’re still taking our shoes off at the airport 19 years after a single, failed attempt to use a sneaker-bomb, we can only imagine that this temperature check protocol could remain in place for decades after the threat of coronavirus has passed…all at the literal and figurative expense of the American taxpayer.

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