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Author Archive: Gary S. Becker

From the Front Lines – Port of Entry Wait Times at San Ysidro

At the San Ysidro Port of Entry, passenger vehicles are waiting 50 minutes in the Ready Lanes and 55 minutes in the Standard lanes. Having to wait nearly an hour in some cases and two hours in others provides...

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Complaints Against TSA? Let Them Know!

If you have a complaint about how you were treated or concerning long processing times when going through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport security checkpoints, then contact the TSA Contact Center. Your complaints can help push Congress to allocate...

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TSA Needs to Do a Better Job of Managing Airport Wait Times

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have been experiencing long security lines. TSA needs a web page where everyone can observe how long it takes to clear security and plan accordingly.

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More Research Needed on Economic Consequences, Opportunities in Homeland Security

Little research has been developed on the economic security aspect of homeland security. This past week, I presented a paper at the Eastern Economics Association (EEA) 42nd Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and it afforded the kind of dialogue...

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Apple Fights Court Order – Security v. Privacy Debate Continues

Apple is fighting a federal magistrate's order in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. This is another instance of consumer privacy potentially conflicting with homeland security instances. Or is it?

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After Blizzard, Significance of Dependable and Emergency Response

The East Coast is still digging out after Winter Storm Jonas, some places faster than others. An important part of recovery from major weather events is reliable information, and there’s reason to think some areas hit by Jonas could...

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Public-Private Partnerships can Enhance Profitability, Security

Having good customer service improves the profitability of merchants at the airports, and from a law enforcement perspective, a calm airport environment allows CBP and other law enforcement officers to identify potential threats. Here's how.

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Move to Reduce Border Wait Times Is Step Forward for Trade

U.S. border agents have begun inspecting U.S.-bound trucks in Mexico. This is part of a new enforcement program intended to reduce congestion and speed cargo across one of the nation’s busiest border crossings. The delays are a problem that...

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Privatizing Screening at U.S. Airports Should be Based on Metrics, Including Customer Service

The Screening Partnership Program, managed TSA, relies on private sector employees for airport screening. Millions of passengers are screened by this program each year. I have wondered over the years why more airports, especially the large ones, are not...

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Choke Points at Screening Areas Present Security Risk

Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of standing in a long line, waiting to pass through security screening. These choke points in screening processes create exceptionally soft targets for the motivated bad actor, and they are a...

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