The controversy over the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) "enhanced patdowns" and body scanners has focused on the standard dichotomy between individual liberty and national security. The real focus, though, should be on this fact: We can achieve the goals of consumer privacy and airline safety much more efficiently in the free market. If airlines were held liable for damages resulting from the criminal use of their property, they would work with insurance companies to provide a much more sensible approach to air travel than the Department of Homeland Security provides.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Robert P. Murphy, Ensuring—and Insuring—Air Security | Library of Economics and Liberty
Economist Robert P. Murphy has an excellent article on the free market alternative to the TSA. It fits right in with the commentary I've had up here, but in the typical clear-headed Murphy style. An excerpt: