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Friday · December 09 2005

Airline security a waste of cash

Exactly two things have made airline travel safer since 9/11: reinforcement of cockpit doors, and passengers who now know that they may have to fight back. Everything else — Secure Flight and Trusted Traveler included — is security theater. We would all be a lot safer if, instead, we implemented enhanced baggage security — both ensuring that a passenger's bags don't fly unless he does, and explosives screening for all baggage — as well as background checks and increased screening for airport employees.

What you had to say:
December 12 2005

Remember when they used to ask "Did anyone you don't know give you anything to carry onto this plane?" What idiot ever said, "Oh, yeah. I'm carrying this ticking box for a guy in a mask. That was kinda strange."

I think the background check stuff is BS. They already screen airport employees pretty thoroughly, and all they are going to find is the shocking news that many honest people who do thankless, demeaning work for very little money might not have exactly the right papers.

December 13 2005

I'd feel safer with fewer, but more highly skilled security personnel....and smarter technology.

-- Hire more undercover armed air marshals.
-- Train them well, and pay them well.

© 2005 Jason Keglovitz