Since then, air travelers have bowed to pat downs, bans on water bottles and other inconvenient, intrusive procedures as the "new normal" at our nation's airports. But does any of this make us safer?
The short answer is no, it doesn't. What's more, laid out below is the quantifiable evidence that the TSA is a massive boondoggle that has done little to keep Americans safe while they travel. Indeed, it might make us less safe by providing a false sense of security, as American politicians shy away from ever questioning the efficacy of the TSA (or other elements deemed necessary for "homeland security").
Perhaps more disturbing is the established record of TSA agents stealing from passengers. You're far more likely to get robbed by a TSA agent than you are to get protected by one, a shorthand for the bureaucratic state if there ever was one.
We did an in-depth study about the history, practices and statistics of the Transportation Security Agency. Whether you're skeptical of the TSA efficacy, convinced of their incompetence, or just irritated about having to get groped to go on a plane, this article is a must read.