This New York Times piece by Patrick Smith, titled "The Airport Security Follies" says a lot of things well that most of us likely feel when we travel in this post-9/11 world, but almost never dare say. And it says it all together in a pretty readable "blog post". Here's a taste:
"Six years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, airport security remains a theater of the absurd. The changes put in place following the September 11th catastrophe have been drastic, and largely of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational, wasteful and pointless."
You know what's coming next...a list of many practices now in place in the name of our security, that have many logical fallacies. It includes my favorite such practice, which includes the removal of shoes by hundreds of millions of people every year for half a decade since one guy tried something that failed.
As I outlined in a piece over a year ago, the practice likely costs us almost $10 billion a year.
The NY Times piece goes on to say:
"How we got to this point is an interesting study in reactionary politics, fear-mongering and a disconcerting willingness of the American public to accept almost anything in the name of “security.” Conned and frightened, our nation demands not actual security, but security spectacle.
And although a reasonable percentage of passengers, along with most security experts, would concur such theater serves no useful purpose, there has been surprisingly little outrage. In that regard, maybe we’ve gotten exactly the system we deserve."
Maybe a good, collective resolution for all of us next year, would be to communicate better how we feel about accepting "almost anything in the name of security".
Wish you all a very Happy New Year.