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Airport Security: a different way - Jim Huggins
February 18th, 2007
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Airport Security: a different way
About six months ago, John Tierney wrote this article about an alternative to current airline security, based on how Israeli airports handle security.  (Nobody hijacks Israeli planes, even though Israel's a constant target.  And they do it with a lot less money and hassle.)

If you haven't seen an article like this, it's a must-read.

And yes, it'll be on the midterm.

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From:wibble42
Date:February 19th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
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An interesting idea... but what happens if someone who has a pathological phobia of flying shows up?
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From:jkhuggins
Date:February 19th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
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A few things happen ...

1) First, the way things are right now, anyone with a massive fear of flying is already going to be a suspect ... not from the security forces, but from fellow passengers. Witness the number of incidents where passengers are reporting other passengers as threats because "they're acting funny" by doing simple things like praying a lot. So, this plan doesn't make things any worse for them than they are already.

2) Second, remember the standard. People who obviously have something to hide are going to act differently when startled than people who are just plain scared. That difference should be fairly apparent.

3) Third, keep in mind that with the "security theater" lessened by such a change in tactics, there should actually be a lot less tension for phobics. (Not having to strip down to go through the metal detectors, for example.)
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