The TSA does something right

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20121218/OPINION/312180001/The-TSA-does-something-right

    With the holiday season upon us, the number of Americans traveling by air will be climbing. Airline reservations for this Christmas are already more than 50 percent higher than the same time last year. So security concerns about the increasing ease of reading or modifying the bar codes on boarding passes are also soaring.

    Blame technology. Widely available free smartphone and Web-based applications can be used to read or alter the information on boarding passes, which can be accessed online 24 hours before a flight. This includes passenger identification, flight data and the information that determines whether a passenger is eligible for expedited screening. For some security analysts, expedited screening poses the biggest concern because those passengers are allowed to keep their shoes and belts on, and to keep their laptops and small containers of liquids in their baggage at checkpoints.

    Not surprisingly, critics have chastised the Transportation Security Administration for its latest policy innovation. In this case, the critics have got it wrong. The TSA should be applauded, and the program should be dramatically expanded beyond the five airlines and 29 airports that currently participate.

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    Those are some asinine critics, in my opinion. Shoes, belts, and liquids pose virtually no risk (despite the shoe incident and the alleged British liquid explosive plot). Laptops I could see because of Lockerbie.
     
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    The reality is that locked cockpit doors and passenger and crew knowledge of the need to intervene during an incident provide a high level of security.

    Indeed. 9/11 succeeded because during the previous 30 years everyone, passengers and crew, had been taught to cooperate with hijackers because they didn't want to harm anyone. 9/11 can only succeed once.
     
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    That is what I tell people. Just look at the booking photos of everyone who has tried something since then. Pax provide a little backstreet justice to subdue them, and no one bats an eye.
     

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