No question the TSA job is difficult, but as with any monopoly, they have no incentive to get better, other than people complaining. There's no balance between cost and security. It's just tax dollars. No matter how bad you do your job, it's not an indication that money is being wasted; it just proves you need more money. Government programs only get bigger.
My funny TSA story. My wife and I were once hand carrying bowling balls on the plane. It's great to bowl with my Mom when we visit. I was curious if it would cause a problem. The Xray checker overheard me mentioning we had bowling balls, so he wasn't surprised when he saw these impenetrable orbs. They did an explosive check, which I think is standard procedure for something they cannot "see" inside of, but had no real concerns otherwise.
Then some lady in TSA garb starts to question whether you can take bowling balls on the plane. I figured I had to diffuse this quick before anyone started listening to her. I mentioned it wasn't on the list of things you cannot take. She says "It isn't?" I said, "Well, your the TSA agent. Show me the list and where it restricts bowling balls." Of course, she couldn't, and didn't seem to have any idea what was on "the list". It just seemed, to her, a bad idea.
So I asked her what could be the danger, and she said you could bludgeon someone with them. I laughed, but tried to stay non-confrontational. I asked her if she had ever tried to hit someone with a bowling ball. If they just wouldn't move, you might be able to pull it off, but it'd be a lot easier to get 10 quick hits in with your fist than to try and pull of 1 "grand slam" hit with a bowling ball. She still seemed concerned, and confused, but the balls had finished being tested for explosives, so we grabbed them and just moved on. She was still in a quandary when we left. As long as no one else was concerned, I figured I'd gain nothing be trying to convince her.
We left them with my mother for our next visit, and bought new ones when we got back. The TSA methods seem too arbitrary to keep messing with, and you never know when you're going to run into a complete arse. It's a good excuse to buy new bowling balls anyway.
When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.
- Maxwell Anderson