Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | August 28, 2009

‘Security theater’ is not smart or secure

Patrick Smith, a pilot and Salon columnist, precisely captures my feelings about inept airport security policies and procedures:

There is a level of inherent risk that we simply must learn to accept. But, if we are going to have an airport security apparatus, and if we are going to devote millions of tax dollars to the cause of thwarting attacks, can we please do it smartly and at least improve our odds?

Am I the only one who finds it maddening, and even a little scary, that we can’t get this right?

I love to travel; this is, I love to be in new and faraway places. The frustration of enduring what Smith calls “security theater” at the airport, however, is nearly overwhelming.

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