Some observers are suggesting that recent missteps by the TSA are the result of a leadership void as political concerns delay the confirmation of Erroll Southers to head the agency. "This has become about politics rather than trying to get things right," says Mark Denari, a former security director at San Diego Airport. Southers is "embroiled in this issue about unionization, and I can see how that would be a huge stumbling block," he added. The Southers nomination has been put on hold by Republicans concerned about his stance on collective bargaining for TSA screeners.
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