Improving TSA`s Ethical and Privacy Standards through Private-Public Partnership to Encourage Public Trust in Aviation Security

ImprovingTSA’s Ethical and Privacy Standards through Private-PublicPartnership to Encourage Public Trust in Aviation Security

ImprovingTSA’s Ethical and Privacy Standards through Private-PublicPartnership to Encourage Public Trust in Aviation Security


Accordingto Mironenko (2011), the current screening techniques are deemedintrusive into passengers’ privacy and freedom, especially thoseinvolving full body strips, pat-downs, and full body imaging. Thescreening strategies have greatly affected public trust andconfidence in TSA and Homeland Security’s privacy andconfidentiality policies. Although Stewart and Mueller (2014) observesignificant developments in aviation security since the introductionof the screening strategies, public outcry has led to significantshift from airlines to general aviation, considering the formerfollows strict flight schedules and the latter flies on demand. Theresearch topic examines the contentious strategies adopted by TSA andseeks to introduce alternatives in order to enhance customer trustand confidence in aviation security. The study seeks to evaluate pastprivate-public partnership effectiveness in improving servicedelivery and enhancing trust and confidence among consumers. If TSAengaged with the private sector through resource sharing andservice-delivery, a customer-oriented culture would evolve inaviation security. Ybarra and Poole (2013) argue that private-publicpartnership in aviation security would generate proactivecustomer-oriented strategies that would be considerate of privacy andethical issues, hence streamlining screening and security checks forthe sake of passengers’ trust. Additionally, changes to the currentscreening techniques through use of advanced technologies from theprivate sector would revolutionize air travel by minimizing the useof intrusive techniques, most of which can be replaced by advancedtechnologies. Using comprehensive literature review methods, theresearch seeks to demonstrate how private-public partnership inaviation security would generate a customer-oriented culture, whileintroducing advanced technology to replace the intrusive screeningtechniques.

Purposeof Study

Thestudy seeks to evaluate the ethical and legal implications of thecurrent TSA screening strategies to public trust and confidence andthe need to initiate public-private partnership in order to enhancetrust. Busch and Givens (2012) observe that public-privatepartnership in aviation security will generate customer-orientedinitiatives, hence helping in improving passengers’ trust andconfidence, while combining resources and technology to safeguard airtravel. The study will focus on public-private partnership as one ofthe effective ways of dealing with the current ethical and legalissues in the current TSA screening techniques. The research audiencewill be TSA officials and legislatures who are mandated with policydevelopment initiatives. The study will take the role of an advocatefor public-private partnership in aviation security in order to havecollaborative initiatives between TSA, Homeland security, privatesecurity firms for improved ethical, and privacy standards whenscreening passengers.

Statementof Qualification

Since9/11, the state of aviation security has drawn significant interestin levels of terrorist threats and vulnerability of passengers toterrorism. I have personally been following readjustments in theaviation sector, as well as researched privacy implications ofscreening procedures adopted in many airlines. Last year, I walkedthrough the ATI screening machine and wondered what takes placebehind the scenes. Additionally, I witnessed an American of Araborigin being subjected to intrusive pat-downs. Coupled by the numberof complaints from passengers, the current screening techniquesinfringe privacy and breach several ethical standards, hence the needto revolutionize passenger screening techniques. The research seeksto introduce a new dimension of customer service in the aviationsecurity by examining the significance of public-private partnershipin policy formulation, resource sharing, and enacting securitymeasures. Using personal experiences, previous studies and existingliterature on aviation security, the research will generatecomprehensive analysis of ethical and privacy implications of thecurrent TSA guidelines, while introducing insight into better andeffective ways of protecting air travel without compromising legaland ethical guidelines.


Busch,N. E., &amp Givens, A. D. (2012). Public-Private Partnerships inHomeland Security Opportunities and Challenges.Homeland Security Affairs, 8(18), 1-25.

Mironenko,O. (2011). Body scanners versus privacy and data protection.Computer Law &amp Security Review,&nbsp27(3),232-244.

Stewart,M. G., &amp Mueller, J. (2014). Cost-benefit analysis of airportsecurity: Are airports too safe?&nbspJournalof Air Transport Management,&nbsp35,19-28.

Ybarra,S., &amp Poole Jr, R. W. (2013). Overhauling US Airport SecurityScreening.&nbspReasonFoundation,3, 1-6.

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