As if we need any more reason, here is yet another consequence of government monopoly in airline security. Robert Wenzel linked to a CBS News report that found in excess of 200 thefts per day occur in JFK’s airport baggage handling areas.
From the report:
…thefts at the airport have increased at a staggering and alarming rate. There are now more [than] 200 a day — and that’s every day. Baggage handlers, jetway workers and even security people are all in on the ongoing scam to steal you blind.
‘The belly of the airplane has become like a flea market for airport employees. They go in there and go through all the luggage unencumbered, unchecked,’ JFK security lawyer Kenneth Mollins said.
If airlines themselves were responsible for security it’s unlikely such a problem would exist, or at least be so rampant. Most luggage comes with a built-in locking mechanism, or is designed to be secured with a padlock, combination lock, etc. Unfortunately, travelers in the U.S. don’t have the freedom to use such devices because of the TSA’s fiat that flyers must be “totally naked before them, in every sense of the word,” as Lew Rockwell has said.