There have been many stories about the sham that is the TSA circus at your local airport, but this one is perhaps the best.
Schneier and I walked to the security checkpoint. “Counterterrorism in the airport is a show designed to make people feel better,” he said. “Only two things have made flying safer: the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers.” This assumes, of course, that al-Qaeda will target airplanes for hijacking, or target aviation at all. “We defend against what the terrorists did last week,” Schneier said. He believes that the country would be just as safe as it is today if airport security were rolled back to pre-9/11 levels. “Spend the rest of your money on intelligence, investigations, and emergency response.”
The sad and bizarre fact is that this will never be fixed, because any legislator that objects to it will be seen as “soft on terrorism.” The only way to get rid of this carnival is for the people to rise up and fight against it. Yes, I’m suggesting protests and grassroots action. Unfortunately, this generation is too busy watching Dancing with the Stars to do anything important.