I might be in the minority here, but I actually think this is a smart move if implemented.
For one, staffing those employees at smaller regional airports is more expensive due to location and other employment related factors. And getting the latest tech in terms of screening or updating airport infrastructure to meet the latest security requirements may be cost prohibitive.
There’s also the notion that the TSA isn’t very good at what they do, there have been numerous articles released over the last several years stating that when the TSA conducted undercover tests on its own employees, they were able to sneak by around 95% of the explosives or other such devices through security. So not a great metric of success, considering how we have to take literally everything out of our bags, we have to remove our shoes, our belt, our jackets, etc. , so you would think that it should be pretty easy to detect a threat. So given that level of failure, I don’t feel that it justifies the hassle and the energy just to feel “safer” Do you really feel any safer or better knowing the people who are supposedly supposed to prevent terrorism or any event similar, are way under performing in their duties. “Feel safer” is the result of the post 9/11 world where every individual is taken/considered a possible threat, and I feel like that’s utterly ridiculous, especially when you consider the number of people traveling through our airports today compared to the number of threats and the ratio is minuscule.
So from that stand point, if so much energy and resources are being spent to provide pretty woeful security, whats the point? And furthermore, what are they guarding/protecting us against? 9/11 or any event similar to that is a once in a multi-generation event, and the chances of such a thing happening on that magnitude are next to nothing. Even the underwear bomber, who wasn’t successful in his attempt, or the shoe bomber, hasn’t been replicated.
The work of security needs to be more targeted and fine-tuned, and part of that effort could be in expanding the teams within the FBI who work in and around the “no fly list” which prevents people who are deemed a threat from boarding a commercial airliner in the United States. Invest more money and resources into those areas, after all, catching them beforehand is a lot better than catching them at the airport, or not even catching them at all.