Who Will Rid Us of This Turbulent TSA?


More great news courtesy of everyone's favorite new crapola federal bureaucracy, the Transportation Security Administration. Today's Wash Post tallies "The High Cost of a Rush to Security." The short version: A federal audit challenges $300 million of the $741 million spent to "assess and hire airport passenger screeners" in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Among the lowlights flagged in the Post's account:

$526.95 for one phone call from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago to Iowa City.

$1,180 for 20 gallons of Starbucks Coffee–$3.69 a cup–at the Santa Clara Marriott in California.

$1,540 to rent 14 extension cords at $5 each per day for three weeks at the Wyndham Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo.

$8,100 for elevator operators at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.

$5.4 million claimed for nine months' salary for the chief executive of an "event logistics" firm that received a contract before it was incorporated and went out of business after the contract ended.

Whole thing here.

Reason chronicled "the sorry record of the TSA" here.