Doomed to Repeat the Past: How the TSA is Picking up Where the FAA Left Off

September 11th was not the dawn of terrorism. Highjackings have been a factor in airline security since the 1960s. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tried many times to repair aviation security, but the overreaching problem with the FAA was its implementation of security programs; another serious problem with the FAA was its budgetary policy. There was a lack of funds, overspending, and an over reliance on airlines. The focus of this paper is on the similarities of the issues that have plagued the FAA and are now plaguing the Transportation Security Administration. The paper argues that by taking note of the mishandling of security in the years past and avoiding the hard lessons the FAA had to learn, the TSA can provide the much needed security, within budgetary constraints, in a manner that strengthens the nation's economy. After September 11, due to the rush in which TSA was created, many of the FAA's problems were not addressed and thus are now repeated. The overspending continues and the lack of budgetary restraint and an unorganized research and development department still exists. After analyzing the major issues that hamper aviation security, the paper addresses solutions that can give the TSA a solid foundation, fiscal responsibility and a an eager workforce. By remembering the past the TSA can avoid repeating it. The major recommendation made is the need to provide a realistic and unbiased review of the TSA that fill identify excess spending and inefficiencies, An essential ingredient in the review would have to be the security employees themselves. By including employees in the process would give them a sense of pride in their work and aviation security would benefit, as would our national security and economy.


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  • Accession Number: 01003656
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2005 3:54PM