Fly The Friendly Skies…..Now With More Groping!

Posted: November 23, 2010 in Current Events
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I think Saturday Night Live pretty much nailed it with this skit:

There is talk about a boycott of the “enhanced” security measures tomorrow, but I tend to doubt there will be much to it.  Attempts to organize boycotts on the internet are usually not very successful.  And in this case, I think that while travelers may not be particularly pleased with the situation, they are going to more interested in just getting it over with than causing a disruption.

That said, I really think airport security continues to be about kabuki theater, designed to create the illusion of increased security than it is to create actual increased security.  It really bugs me that the system is set up with a baseline assumption that everyone is a terrorist, with the goal of proving that you are not so you can get on the airplane.  Any system that assumes you are guilty is not a very good one in my book.

To be fair to TSA, they have pretty much been tasked with the goal of making air travel 100% secure from terrorist risk.  That’s an impossible task.  And any serious attempt to achieve that goal can only lead to more draconian policies.  I have seen some experts putting the risk from dying from increased radiation from the new scanners as about the same as dying from a terrorist task.  That’s not to say that the scanners are really risky, but just how little risk terrorists present.  So really this is just a continued overreaction stemming from the 9/11 attacks.

Apparently these procedures are a result from the would-be underwear bomber.  Man, what if the next guy takes it to next level?




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