Checked bag fees compromising your safety? Security lanes for those with liquids? Ex-TSA Administrator’s take on improving security

The former head of the Transportation Security Administration, Kip Hawley, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal this weekend on how to improve airline security.  In his op-ed, Hawley suggests liquids be allowed back on planes (and for airports to offer security lanes for passengers with liquids to not hold up the line for those without liquids).  He also says eliminating checked baggage fees would get rid of the “checkpoint nightmare” caused by travelers trying to bring as many items as possible on board, and make the screening process faster and safer for everyone.

Here’s Kip’s op-ed: Why Airport Security Is Broken — And How to Fix it.  (No subscription to the WSJ is needed to read the op-ed.)

As a small aside, I’ve found that putting your shoes, laptop, and laptop bag in through the X-ray machine in that order is the most efficient way for everything to be screened — you can put your shoes while waiting for your other items to be scanned, and once your laptop comes out from the X-ray machine, you can pick it up and be ready to place it into its bag that is coming out right behind it.

What are some of your suggestions in how to improve airport security and the screening process?


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  1. Matt Ring 2:30 PM on April 16th, 2012 |

    That article is a great read. I definitely agree with Kip Hawley in many ways. Having a reactive security policy instead of a proactive one is very dangerous. This mentality leads to only the appearance of safety, instead of actual security. Each time TSA prohibits something, it just enables people to look for a new loophole in the rules.

    I saw this infographic on TSA spending, gives a really interesting look into the agency: