Transport Airports

TSA is bad at data collection and that makes it hard to judge its performance

Excerpt from Salt Lake Tribune

Jan 21, 2013 10:28 am

Skift Take

Airport security is impossible to judge based on TSA’s haphazard data collection efforts.

— Rafat Ali

Win an All-Expenses Paid Trip to NYC to Tour the Future of Travel

eyeliam  / Flickr.com

eyeliam / Flickr.com


The Salt Lake Tribune found huge holes in TSA data that raise questions about the information’s value in charting the effectiveness of airport security. For example, TSA stopped counting confiscated firearms for three years. In 2008, it quit counting eight of 13 major categories of banned items, including knives, ammunition and box cutters (the weapon used by 9/11 terrorists).

The hit-and-miss data show TSA does not know how many total prohibited items are surrendered, so it cannot accurately track rates of such activity nationwide or at specific airports…Some security experts say such holes and variances make the database a poor tool to gauge TSA performance.

TSA Security Items Surrendered by The Salt Lake Tribune

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Daily Travel Startup Watch: Drivr, Tippi And More
The State of Travel Startups: What’s In, What’s Out
Iberia Adds a Custom Scent in Bid to Appeal to All Five Senses
Business Travelers Are Equally Loyal to Hotel and Airline Points Programs