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Getting over qualms about the TSA will save lives on U.S. roads this holiday season

Excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek

Nov 19, 2012 12:41 am

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The dangers of driving outweigh those of flying and this analysis purports that amped up security only drives more Americans to the roads during busy holiday travel.

— Samantha Shankman

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Passengers wait on line to go through the TSA body scanner. David Prassad / Flickr.com


This week marks the beginning of the busiest travel time of the year. For millions of Americans, the misery of holiday travel is made considerably worse by a government agency ostensibly designed to make our journeys more secure. Created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Transportation Security Administration has largely outlived its usefulness, as the threat of a terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland continues to recede. These days, the TSA’s major role appears to be to make plane trips more unpleasant. And by doing so, it’s encouraging people to take the considerably more dangerous option of traveling by road.

That’s not to say TSA employees bear responsibility for making the roads more dangerous—they’re just following incentives that reward slavish attention to overbearing and ambiguous rules over common sense. And don’t blame the officials of Homeland Security, either…

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