I flew out of Detroit this morning. That is something I do quite frequently, so why do I mention it here? Because something odd happened; I was not asked for ID. Really. I even asked "do you need to see ID?", and the TSA screener shook her head no and waved me through. Not that I think that casually checking identification (looking at your license, and then glancing at your face) would actually have any real impact on anything, but it was still odd. After all, the last time I walked on to a flight without having any ID checked anywhere was September 11th, 2001.
And then I landed in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina. There was a long line at one of the checkpoints, and lots of frustrated travelers, too. I saw a TSA agent gesturing to a second agent who was slowly walking towards him to hurry up. She loudly proclaimed "I don't go any faster, I work for the government".
As per the TSAs mission and vision, "The Transportation Security Administration protects the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. The Transportation Security Administration will continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes and technologies." Humm.