Homeland Security Watch

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August 1, 2006

TSA’s Cypriot games

Filed under: Aviation Security — by Christian Beckner on August 1, 2006

The Cincinnati Post reports today on a team of TSA screeners who were sent to Larnaca, Cyprus to assist with the screening of Americans who had been evacuated from Lebanon. The screeners themselves evidently performed admirably, working long shifts under difficult conditions, but I don’t understand the rationale for sending American screeners to Cyprus for this effort. The airport in Larnaca processes 2.5 million passengers/year and has solid security capabilities. The evacuation was taxing Cypriot resources at the airport, but I can’t imagine that the problem was that severe that it was necessary to fly TSA screeners halfway around the world as a stopgap. How much did this jaunt cost taxpayers?

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