Essay Aviation Security Case Analysis

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Aviation Security Case Analysis
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Aviation Security Case Analysis
I. Summary
Since September 11, 2001, airport security has undergone some major changes. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were formed and airport security was transitioned from private contractors to government run security through TSA. Since that time, there has been great debate on
II. Problem
The problem is whether to continue to use a government-operated system of administering airport security, or return to privately owned and operated contracted airport security organizations.
III. Significance of the Problem
The significance of the problem is, since September 11
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(Mica, 2011)
Alternative Action 2: Alternative action two is to return to a privately owned and operated, contracted airport security organization.
Advantages. The advantage of returning to contracted airport security would be an increase in efficiency which would result in taxpayer savings. According to an oversight and investigations staff report, the private screeners at San Francisco International Airport were 65 percent more efficient than the Federal screeners at Los Angeles International Airport and that this efficiency could save the taxpayers “more than $38.6 million a year.” (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 2011)
Disadvantages. While taxpayer saving and increased efficiency are always appealing words to the general public, the motivating factor for private companies is profit. This could lead to contracting “businesses whose profit motive might cause them to reduce staffing, skimp on training or cut corners on other fronts.” (Gage, 2011) Enabling companies with this mentality could be detrimental to airport security.
V. Recommendation
Whether choosing the federal government or a private company to handle security should be up to the airport. If the airport feels the benefits of a private security company is better suited for their…

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