Jan 312011

I’d think the main question is not so much whether the TSA chief personally finds alternatives to its government/union workers to be advantageous, but whether passengers and airport managers do.

But on Friday, the TSA denied an application by Springfield-Branson Airport in Missouri to privatize its checkpoint workforce, and in a statement, Pistole indicated other applications likewise will be denied.

“I examined the contractor screening program and decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports as I do not see any clear or substantial advantage to do so at this time,” Pistole said.

CNN article:  TSA shuts door on private airport screening program

Jan 202011

Here’s an idea.    First we establish mechanisms to make sure that, without a search warrant, the government cannot intercept our e-mails and track our web browsing.   After that’s done, we can think about the FTC’s proposed “Do Not Track” rules for web advertising.

WSJ article:  The Internet Browsing Cops : The FTC considers ‘Do Not Track’ Rules for Web advertising.