Of course, as good economists, we must weigh the benefits against the costs. So let’s add up the benefits. Against the massive inconvenience and waste, the loss of privacy, and the occasional dead traveler, we can weigh:
- Terrorists caught by TSA: 0.
- Terror plots stopped by TSA: 0
- Terrorists inconvenienced by TSA: 0
It’s zeroes all the way down… kind of like their employees. There is no intelligent, good, decent, moral, or ethical person at TSA. Never has been.
July 22, 2013
TSA: Evil, but Incompetent
[I probably would give a little bit of a pass on the effectiveness scale. Their job is impossible. It simply isn’t possible to accomplish the goal of deterring terrorists via airport security in a quasi-free society. The money should be spent on something that is achievable.—Joe]