Lost in much of the debate on airline security and invasive searches has been a realistic examination of the worth of the costs and benefits of these invasive searches. Given that the last few attempted terrorist attacks, such as the al-Qaeda's Shoe Bomber, or Umar Abdul Mutallab, the Underwear Bomber were stopped in the air rather than by airport security, it's unclear whether or not security has stopped any attacks that Corrections has heard of. Let us leave that aside.
Let's say that airport security could stop all attacks, and without it two Boeing 737's would explode in the mid-air with 175 passengers every year, with no survivors. The average flyer is 42 years of age, and they would lose around of their expected 77.9 year life, or 33.9 years. This is a total 12,565 life-years lost. There are 809,611,003 airline passengers per year, and according to the wait time figures Corrections found, each individual spends about 5-6 minutes in line (between 1 and 25). This is a waste of approximately 7,697 life-years to 9,236 life-years each year.
If this tradeoff is about correct, then a pure utilitarian back-of-the-envelope calculation makes it look as though the time tradeoff from waiting in line alone is about the same magnitude as the cost of death from two Boeing 737's blowing up every year.
For skeptics, the annual budget is $8.1 billion a year. Taking the typical government $6.9 million per life saved, (a statistical measure of the value of human life), it appears as though we are spending the value of 1,173 people each year on the TSA. That is, if the TSA isn't saving 1,173 people per year, the money may be better spent elsewhere.
From these back of the envelope calculations, it appears that everyone would benefit from the government abolishing the TSA and allowing many people to die each year. Further, this assumes the TSA actually has some nonzero impact.
Corrections is interested in comments. Obviously these are back-of-the-envelope calculations and assume away some issues. What first-order losses or gains are we missing?