The TSA Show

Knife
I recently asked a friend, who travels frequently, about airport check-in security. He laughed and pulled out his Swiss Army knife. Not one of the tiny pin knives, but a knife with a four-inch blade.

"I forgot I had this in my pocket and went right through security."

Isolated incident? Maybe. But does any reasonable person honestly believe we’re any safer on a plane than we were on September 10th? Do you think a terrorist group couldn’t smuggle a Stinger shoulder-fired missile into this country, park near a major U.S. airport, and knock down a plane? Remember, he’s not trying to get away.

So what’s all the TSA frenzy about. Show. A highly visible charade that accomplishes two things: 1. Persuade the American public their government is doing something to keep them safe. 2. Remind them they must be fearful and trust the government… to keep them safe.

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  1. The phrase that I have gravitated towards is “Security Theater”. Of course, there is a wikipedia page about it which does a fine job of dryly explaining that exact scenario:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_theater
    I was already of a mind to avoid air travel whenever possible, since somebody of my size is in for a generally unpleasant experience anyway. But, having to play in this silly game pushes me even further towards travelling by train and longing for commercial passenger dirigible service.

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