When Congress created the TSA, the goal was to create a new organization that would meet the unique needs of the War on Terrorism – a modern organization that would have the maximum flexibility to protect the national security of the United States.

This, of course, is the same charter as the FBI, CIA and Secret Service, and these agencies do not permit collective bargaining.   Should we hold the TSA to a different standard, despite the fact that securing our transportation systems is one of the most vital roles that our government can play?

We can all take pride in an agency and most importantly in its personnel, who have done such a remarkable job in keeping our nation safe. They deserve our respect, our thanks and fair compensation. But in doing so we must not undermine one of their greatest weapons in this war, their flexibility to change tactics and strategies at a moment’s notice.  Such as course of action could have calamitous effect on our nation.