Out of 14 million passengers during the year, there might be zero to five or so terrorists. To find them by checking everyone else in that huge group more or less equally is virtually certain to fail, especially because terrorists have the choice of so many tactics.
In my opinion, the best answer to airport security is the mass deployment of dogs. Give me a friendly German Shepherd, and I’ll gladly submit to being sniffed, rather than patted, wanded, or scanned. But unlike the scanner companies, dogs have no powerful lobbyists, like former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, to advocate on their behalf.
The TSA turned off many of its naked body scanners across the country today in a hastily crafted PR stunt to mute the national opt out protest against invasive screening procedures, as Big Sis made a mockery of airport security measures that Americans were told were imperative to protect them from terror.
By alienating the public, the TSA is losing probably its most valuable asset – the eyes and ears of the flying public.
The famous Mythbuster tells an audience that despite going through a full body scanner he accidentally made it on a plane with 12 inch razor blades.
All bureaucracies inevitably become sodden, counterproductive, and centered mainly on their own agendas. But the TSA is on an extraordinarily steep downward trajectory.
“Still, still they have to follow the same guidelines. I don’t think it would make any difference.”