We most often associate the TSA with airports. Does the TSA have responsibilities other than our air travel? If so, what might those be?

The TSA partners with state, local, and federal agencies and assists with other areas of transportation security including “highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines and ports” (TSA, 2017). Mostly, TSA ensure aviation security starting at the passenger level.  This is highly criticized area of the agency because it appears overly focused on aviation while other agencies also deal with airline security such as the FBI.  This has brought the need for this agency under fire especially because of many of its inefficiencies.  The agency has been criticized because of its poorly trained staff as well as other issues.  The need for this agency is questionable considering the fact that there are already multiple agencies dealing with airline and transportation protection.


TSA. (2017). About. Retrieved from Transportation Safety Agency: