Monday, October 20, 2008

Jeffrey Goldberg has a great story in The Atlantic about how he, with the help of Bruce Schnei­er, was not prevented by the TSA from using fake boarding passes or bringing sundry contraband onto planes. I'm always happy to see Schneier's critiques of "Security Theatre" get wider publicity.
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.”

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