TSA Gets A New Role Model ... The FAA

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It may be tough for some aviators to get their minds around the concept that somebody out there considers the FAA a model for how a bureaucracy ought to work ... but to the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House, making the Transportation Security Administration look more like the FAA seems to be the way to go. The operational side of the TSA -- the screeners -- should be separate from the policy and regulatory side of the agency, just as the operational side of the FAA -- air traffic controllers -- is separate, Adam Tsao, a committee staff member, said at a meeting of the Regional Airline Association last week, according to Regional Aviation News. The TSA needs to operate more like a business, Tsao said, and try to be efficient and create a climate that would encourage investment from the private sector.