I don’t usually talk politics and such on here, but I feel I need to put a few things out there…
First off, lets go ahead and get the bit about people who trade liberty for security deserving neither. Â I believe that. Â If we have to live in fear, like slaves, to a huge machine of rules and regulations then the terrorists have won.
Second, to all the people who are supporting the TSA and their new scanners and pat downs with the defense of “We need to prevent another 9/11” … you are disgracing the memory of those who died. Â Want to prevent another 9/11? Â One, make the cockpit door stronger to the point where it cannot be battered down, and any explosive strong enough to open the door will also damage the plane enough that getting inside the cockpit is useless. Â Two, a new policy where the pilots enter the plane first, close and lock the door, and they don’t open it unless one of the cockpit crew is in medical distress. Â In future plane designs/redesigns, give them their own bathroom and a place to store a meal so that they don’t need to leave nor does anyone need to come in. Â Done. Â If terrorists cannot get into a functional cockpit, they cannot use the plane as a weapon and you have prevented another 9/11. Â No amount of confiscation of nail clippers and water bottles and junk touching pat downs will prevent another 9/11. Â Did you know that a properly folded copy of the Sky Mall magazine can be used as a weapon?
It’s all security theater, and if it makes you feel safer then you don’t understand what is going on. Â Mostly though, as with many things, this is about money. Â By mandating that every airport needs to have these new scanners they guarantee sales of the scanners. Â The enhanced pat down exists mainly to make using the scanner feel like the better option, and they released these new regulations during the holiday season because they knew people would put up less of a fight if fighting meant missing a flight home for turkey and pumpkin pie. Â And if you want to avoid all this drama and just skip flying… you are much much more likely to be killed in a car accident than you are to be killed by terrorists on a plane even without the new enhanced security.
I guess what I’m saying is… take the train. Â I also hear that trans-Atlantic cruises are nice.