The Transport Security Administration, or TSA, is in trouble. It’s ex-bosses have denounced it as mired in a bureaucratic ‘morass’ and as being mismanaged, and costly to run. Wetland metaphors abound, and it’s alarming. This is the agency that is charged with operating airport security screening. These are the guys and gals that keep armed terrorists and bombs off the flight you have to take to get where you’re going. Undercover investigators, probing the robustness of the system that the TSA runs, were apparently successful 96% of the time in smuggling fake explosives and (presumably fake) banned weapons through the screening checkpoints. That’s a fail rate of almost 100%.

Imagine Israeli check points producing the same numbers when tested by undercover agents. Wouldn’t happen of course. And Israel is smaller and perhaps – in the sense of the size of the country only – easier to secure logistically compared to the U.S. But Israel is smack in the middle of the world’s most unstable and arguably most dangerous region. A failure at an airport security check leads far more directly to a bombing and/or death than in America.

While some say that privatization is the answer for operating the security checks, while leaving the TSA in charge of overseeing transportation and aviation safety in particular, perhaps Israel can help out America. Is this such a rare thing to say? Couldn’t any private firm specialized in airport security have input from some of the best in the world at security? Of course it would have to clear ACLU challenges and government union protests. But the technology is way ahead of the unions and the bureaucrats. All that’s needed is to use it intelligently and in a reasonable enough way that airports are still a convenient way to get on a flight and not an opportunity to stand in line for hours and hours at a time. Again, the use of biometrics is spreading quickly and is the future of security. Privacy advocates will continue to protest and SciFi films will imagine all sorts of dystopias. But airport security requires operational management that’s as smart as the technology that can identify terrorist, criminals, and any others who are an immediate threat to security.

Let’s be clear, between marine ports of entry, land borders, airports, and even train and bus stations, the TSA and DHS have a huge territory to cover. One that is constantly in motion, 24/7. Why not shed some of that operational obligation to firms that can do it more effectively? And if some of the private sector expertise is Israeli, all the better.