Ron Paul: Privatize Airport Security


Megyn Kelly: Just when you thought airport security couldn’t get anymore unbearable, well guess what? Prepare for even more scrutiny now. The TSA warning that terrorists are seriously considering a new tactic, surgically implanting explosive devices. It could mean big changes in the screening procedures again and chances are, they won’t be less intrusive. Texas Republican Ron Paul is a presidential candidate, and he is introducing the American traveler dignity act saying we should completely replace the TSA with private security firms. Good morning or good afternoon I should say, Congressman. I’m used to saying good morning on Fox & Friends, sorry about that.

Ron Paul: Okay, good afternoon.

Megyn Kelly: So you are introducing this new plan to privatize, I guess what’s now known as the TSA. How would that make it better?

Ron Paul: Well it would make it efficient, there’s no history to show that government bureaucrats are ever more efficient than the private market. But there’s two different ways how you privatize something. If you just take the airport security and the government hires out private firms, that’s not for me privatization. That’s sort of a combination of big business and big government and that doesn’t solve the problem. The responsibility should be on the airlines, just as it’s on the responsibility of the owners of chemical plants and the owners of armored cars. They take charge of that and they do a very, very good job.

And the government was in charge of security before 9/11. They did a lousy job. They prohibited guns from being on airplane and they said “nobody should resist.” And so we set the stage for 9/11. So I want the owners to assume responsibility and the burden would be on the airlines and it would save the taxpayer an awful lot of money.

Megyn Kelly: So if I run an airline right now, tell me if I’m right or wrong. I don’t think I like this plan because what’s it going to cost me?

Ron Paul: Well that’s the reason we don’t have it. The airlines are in bed with the government, they’re partners with the government. They don’t want the liability and they don’t want the responsibility. But they should have it. Yes it’ll cost them money and you’ll have to pay for it with a higher ticket but you’ll pay lower taxes. But they’ll do a better job and it’s going to be so much more efficient. They’re not going to take X-rays of you in the nude, and they’re not going to prod and poke you. They’re not going to prod and poke little kids and 95-year-old women. They’re going to figure it out because they got to treat them like customers. So that’s all the difference in the world.

Megyn Kelly: But Congressman Paul, you’re on Capitol Hill. You know that there’s a lot of waste of taxpayer dollars. Are you just assuming that if we privatize this that all the tax dollars that were going to the TSA would suddenly be given back to us?

Ron Paul: Well it should be, you can’t assume anything with the politicians and the bureaucrats because they always figure out a way to keep it there, they’re endless and if they don’t get enough then they go to the Fed and they get the Fed to do their bailing out. So it’s outrageous, it’s totally out of control. But you have to make the effort; you have to make the suggestion, what is the alternative? If you can’t depend on government, whom should you depend on? I say depend on the market, private owners take much better care of the property than government has ever done.

Megyn Kelly: Well let me tell you about some of the enhanced security measures that are now going to apparently go into place with the TSA because of these reports about surgically implanted bombs from Al-Qaeda. Here it is: more behavior detection officers, more airport interviews and pat downs, in addition, in an effort to detect traces of explosives, passenger’s skin and clothing may be swabbed. Is that what you’re talking about?

Ron Paul: Well I think that’s an outrage I mean horrible, if the private airlines were doing it, they might have one sniff dog that knows something about explosives and that’s all you would need, you don’t need all this other stuff, no it’s going to cost a lot more money and I’ve said and I sincerely believe this, if the American people can look at these pictures on TV about what they do to 95-year-old women, what they do to little kids and the groping of the groins and if the American people say, “Oh that’s okay with me” I tell you what, we’re in a lot worse shape than I think we’re in. I think we’ve given up, if we accept that, we’re in bad trouble.

Megyn Kelly: Right, well, as you know the argument is that a lot of Americans are okay with that because they feel like in this day and age since 9/11 they might have to give up a liberty, I’m just saying that’s the other side of the equation here to keep everyone safe. Before you go, I got to get this question in though, if you privatize airport screening and security, how does profiling fit into that?

Ron Paul: Well they’re allowed to, because a private company has an obligation, if you don’t like the airline and they do too much profiling then you don’t fly on that airline. But today there are not a lot of profiles, so a 95-year-old woman get’s treated like a terrorist and somebody else who really looks like he could, that guy I might want to ask him two question, oh well, we can’t’ ask him as many question, matter of fact I even back off because he looks sort of suspicious. No, a private airline has a right to be suspicious and they can in a way, but if they overdo that they’re going to have a bad reputation and the customers are going to make sure that they hear about it.

Megyn Kelly: Very interesting. Let us know how your new plan, the American traveler dignity act, let us know if it’s successful or not. Congressman Ron Paul always great to see you. Thanks so much, have a good weekend.

  • TrippingTheTube

    That’s outrageous. I’m never going to fly again. Nice going winning the war on terror FUCKHEADS.

  • wunderbeast

    this reminds me of the scene in Fight Club of the vibrating dildo in airport security…I was laughing then when I saw that movie in 1999. It’s so eerie that when a movie pokes fun of the absurdity of bureaucracy, it actually comes true later on…and we end up accepting it.

  • wunderbeast

    this reminds me of the scene in Fight Club of the vibrating dildo in airport security…I was laughing then when I saw that movie in 1999. It’s so eerie that when a movie pokes fun of the absurdity of bureaucracy, it actually comes true later on…and we end up accepting it.

  • Sheeple102

    Can you say bing bong?

  • Sheeple102

    I think BS Obama should go though one at the Whitehouse every day going to his office. Maybe everyone would see the balls this man has to do half of what he has.

  • AlabamaAnarchy

    Aren’t you a politician too Ron?You have been in congress since Carter and have regularly been exposed as a thief who gets more earmarks than anyone else.You have them fooled Ron.We aren’t all fools.

    • Libertarian777

      Gees. Get a life. Ron Paul fights for earmarks. He doesn’t vote for appropriations. Do you even know the difference?

      Appropriations are placed in the budget and are ‘general spend’ funds. Since they are not specifically allocated, Ron fights to get those funds back into his home state. He would sooner not fight for the earmark, but since his district is taxed at the federal level, he has to get his constituents’ money back. He has not to my knowledge ever proposed an appropriations bill to spend money in his state. E.g. The stimulus bill for high speed rail

      Notice how he’s the only congressman who’s congressional operating budget always returns unspent funds to the treasury at the end of each year?


  • AlabamaAnarchy

    Yeh,it will be efficient Ron,efficient fascism is the goal.

  • AlabamaAnarchy

    Constitutional amendments do NOT protect you from private industry.

  • GhostHunter1986

    you know there gonna start gutting people open if the dogs detect false explosives on people so people with machines in them prepare to get surgically cut open like a swine in front of everyone

  • GhostHunter1986

    you know there gonna start gutting people open if the dogs detect false explosives on people so people with machines in them prepare to get surgically cut open like a swine in front of everyone

  • cooperbry

    The only politician that gives a shit about the US citizens.

  • zezimafan99

    thats the smartest thing i ever heard

  • shotsky94

    This guy is batshit crazy!

  • captkirkconnell

    typical reporter- should be called “False Data Installer”

    If pilots had weapons in the cockpit- 911 would not of happened
    If the 14 field memos requesting permission to investigate the 911 pilots when they were in training for their mission had not been ignored YES 14 911 would not of happened

    The product of Government “Security” is I will not fly anymore too many stupid goivernment emplyees in the airports

  • 66chevyo

    WOOHOOO We’re screwed, but at least Ron Paul is on MSM shutting them down in intellectual debate.

  • tipsy3T

    it’ll take a lot for the public to do anything. we’ve been sedated by the media and entertainment industry. As long as it doesn’t affect our personal lives in a big way we won’t care.

  • Zehcnas89

    Groping of the Groins.

  • ChampaignLibertarian

    Don’t be an enabler. I always opt out and make it as difficult as possible while being as civil as I can.

    I recently traveled by air and the whole scene of the sheep going through the porno scanners and marching to the orders of TSA agents all the while was very disturbing for me personally.

    Go Dr. Paul…

  • Jeff

    Oh boy, Privatization ? Could you see the “false flags” flying everyday so as to justify ripping the public off ? Nah, shut the TSA down until you can prove there’s actual terrorism going on. I’m not buying these false flags and dreamed up thoughts of invisible enemy attacking us either. Every so called attack had ear-marks of an unforeseen hand controlling the events which led-up to the apprehension of the suspect (s).

    Enough of this dumb-ing down and scaring down tactic to justify more government expansion and control…’s all a waste anyway.

  • kbspapa

    Who are you gonna depend on? What happened to SELF dependence?

    The government has already shown it is NOT dependable