I’m going to go all high level on your asses, so get ready. This will be especially poignant now that all the talk shows are silenced by the writers strike. I’d like to courageously take on the topic of airport security.
I was flying this week, and so got reminded of all the new rules. You can’t bring knives on board. Ok, seems reasonable. You can’t bring liquids on board, because someone almost made a gatorade bomb. Don’t worry, it didn’t work. You have to take your shoes off because there was almost a shoe bomb. Almost, but it didn’t work. Seriously, does this dude look like any kind of mastermind?
Couple of thoughts here; these exclusions would not have stopped the hijacking from September 11th. Those attacks were done with ceramic (clay) boxcutter-type knives. See, they wouldn’t show up under the metal detector. Very clever, and still not stoppable if it were to happen today. We do not have a ‘no pottery’ law, but might as well.
The only thing we have in place now that we didn’t have then that would make a difference is air marshalls and secured cockpit doors. As for the secured doors, Ralph Nader told us to do this decades ago.
My second concern is this > What if someone comes up with an ‘eyeglasses’ bomb? Or, what if someone comes up with a ‘pants bomb’? Even if it never blew up, you do realize that we would have to fly without pants or eyeglasses. Maybe that is a good thing. If you are next to me pantless, I don’t want my eyeglasses. In fact, if that situation comes up, I don’t want to see myself pantless.