Security theater.

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.

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5 Responses to Security theater.

  1. Kathy says:

    All I can think of to do is to hit the entire industry where it hurts. If you can avoid it in any way, shape, or form, refuse to fly. Don’t buy an airline ticket if you can drive, or if it’s a leisure trip, pick a closer destination that you can drive to instead of flying far away.

    I don’t know what good a sit-in or a protest at an airport would do. Maybe I’ve read too much of the stuff that makes me paranoid, but I honestly think they’d just arrest everyone as fast as they can (so few people would see the protest, and there wouldn’t be time for media coverage) and you’d end up in one of those TSA back rooms and get your name on the no-fly list, making the trips you *have* to make to the airport a living hell.

    If there’s a way to do something about it that will be effective, though, I’m in.

  2. TMac says:

    Yeah back in your day you had to walk up hill both ways to protest, in the snow even. Your generation didn’t sit around and stand for any injustice from the government or society at large. Back in your day it was common place for a woman and an African-American to both receive over 20 million votes in a primary for a major political party. Back in your day it was common place for an African-American to have a six point lead with two weeks to go and has a pretty good chance to be the next President of the United States.

    I get what you’re saying and I just don’t think the problem is this generation won’t protest. The problem is the previous generation or two votes like an idiot more often then not.

  3. Shocho says:

    All the things you’re talking about were made possible by a previous generation and a previous government that cared about people. That’s what we don’t have today.

    Back on the subject, all I can think of is this: When you go through the TSA Embarrassment Line, take off your pants. As long as you’re not going commando, I don’t think you’ll get arrested. I don’t think it’s against the rules to go through the checkpoint in your boxer shorts. After all, if you tell me to take off my belt and phone and keys, they’re all in my pants anyway.

  4. TMac says:

    That is almost exactly the response I was expecting from you. I’m mainly just giving you shit. I still love the “back in my day” stuff. Obama will win because of the under 30 vote. The only the previous generation could vote then Obama wouldn’t even have the nomination.

    I agree with your security theater statement. I also don’t think its that big a deal. There are bigger problems to fix, let’s work on those first and then deal with the 10 minutes extra it takes to fly later.

  5. Bpaul says:

    Security theater note:

    we got back from a harried flight from Colorado, after going through two checkpoints, and Katye pulled a forgotten steak knife out of her backpack.

    Oh so safe.

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