Comments: Profiteering from the Sheep

My opinion has always been: If you are afraid don't do it. We don't really need all this appearance of protection. This is about stealing more from the citizens again. This is about control. American do not do control very well. It shall not last.The shall stop it or be forced to stop. The old Romans knew very well; the will of the mob rules. Do anything but anger the mob. It is its own beast and will not be tamed.

Posted by Odins Acolyte at November 17, 2010 06:33 PM

An excellent post! There is a model of successful airport security that has been functioning extremely well for years: Israel. The US has no real security in place. The Homeland Security is worse than useless, and the attacks that have been foiled have been due to ordinary citizens. I agree with you 100%.

Posted by Texana at November 17, 2010 08:07 PM

The next time I fly - which is an incredibly rare event - I'll wear gold lamé boxers. I wonder what that will do to their pictures.

Posted by MikeM_inMd at November 17, 2010 11:22 PM

Yeah, and I suspect that all those loud-mouthed "spokepersons/clowns" who went through that oh so friendly little pat-down in their offices would be singing a different tune if they had been groped in the airport where nobody knew who they were.

Posted by emdfl at November 17, 2010 11:30 PM

"I'll wear gold lamé boxers. I wonder what that will do to their pictures."

Nothing, they just crank up the power to where they can see right through them.

And pull you out of line for a cavity search after of course.


The biggest security risk isn't passengers, never has been passengers.
It's airport workers, staff in duty free stores, ground crew, luggage handlers.
Those people don't undergo any screening before entering secure areas apart from a cursory ID check (if that, more often it's an automated door you can walk through with any number of people if only one has a pass card).
And many airports have gaping holes in their perimeter security, holes that are well known to those living in the area.

I live near a major European airport (and security here has always been tighter than in the US), where friends have found ways to walk onto the ramp to take pictures of parked aircraft and inside hangars post-9/11.
These friends were aviation enthousiasts who sent those pictures to airport authorities as proof of the major breaches in their perimeter, and action may have been taken to correct those gaps (I never checked).
But there are still regular stories about problems with airport perimeter security, people getting access passes who should never have had them, reporters planting hidden cameras and fake bombs on airport property using stolen or borrowed pass cards, things like that.
And I've seen first hand how lax the security checks of airport workers are. If the weather is bad (cold or rainy) just waving something that looks like a passcard at the guard huddled inside his shack gets you through, especially if you're in a group of people doing the same.

I seriously doubt the situation in the US is any different.

Posted by W at November 18, 2010 02:45 AM


Posted by lazrtex at November 18, 2010 04:37 PM