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U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
TSA never realized its mandate [Commentary]
TSA never realized its mandate [Commentary]

As one of the first post-9/11 screeners hired at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and as the first president of the national union fighting for screener's rights in the workplace, I find the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month to be deeply troubling. The words of comfort and respect regarding slain Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was gunned down by a rogue shooter, are intermixed with calls to reform the way the agency carries out its mission, to which I say: What took you so long? The original plan for TSA was for full control of aviation security, including our own armed police force. The first roll out —...

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