Chalk one up for the terrorists

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

I took the plane this weekend to a business meeting, was body scanned (preferable to having someone pat down my cootchie – the eww factor to that is just way off the scale, and if it’s eww for me, I can’t help but wonder how ewww it is for the security personnel) and the whole process of having my bag, baggage, computer, etc, opened and swabbed was just freaking endless and annoying – especially since I was trying desperately to A) make an earlier flight and B) not let it show that I was annoyed at the delay.

Chalk one up for the terrorists.

I can’t help but think that had I rolled my eyes I would’ve been deep in the doodoo. These “security” people seem to have zero sense of humour.  Of course, neither would I in their shoes (and why do they get to keep their shoes on?), what with having to deal with thousands of hostile passengers every day.

Chalk one up for the terrorists.

What about the inevitable day when someone flies with explosives up his or her butt? Will they be doing body cavity searches in the security line?

Chalk one up for the terrorists.

It pisses me off that, as taxpayers and sometime airline users, we are paying millions to ensure safety that isn’t there. Because all these measures? They’re anything but proactive. Do they really think that terrorists will try to pass stuff in their shoes or underwear? That they’ll try the mixing of liquids? Of course not! They’re way ahead of us on that. But each time some new discovery is made (and I can’t help but think these terrorists plant some pretty huge clues so we can discover theses “threats” – because seriously, we’re very Keystone Kops here),  a new level of “security” is added – what? I can’t carry toner on the plane? – costing yet more millions but procuring no more safety.

Chalk one up for the terrorists.

Despite all the bluster on the part of the West, even if they never down another plane, the terrorist are obviously winning the war on terrorism. Despite the security industry’s claims to the contrary, there’s no way we can be safe all the time. In all the history of humanity we never have been safe (ah, those saber tooth tigers), and we never will be. Life will eventually get you if the terrorists don’t.

And for the record, this article by Christopher Hitchens in Slate on the subject of airport security is really interesting.

  1. Rachel says:

    They should make it into a novelty and sell the body scan pictures to the passengers a la Theme Park ride photo-booths. That might make people stop complaining if its seen as a joyride.

    Groping optional and costs a little extra!

  2. e says:

    We do love our illusions, don’t we?

    You’re right as rain here and thanks for the link to Hitchens…

    When I think what else might be done with the millions spent on false security, my blood boils…

  3. Em says:

    I’m with you…it does seem like the bad guys are winning. We react rather than plan. And the best we can come up with is questionable body scanning or body groping. Seems like folks who really do know a lot about security are probably laughing at us.

  4. Suldog says:

    As others have said, it’s security theater. It’s a great show to give a false sense of security to travelers who believe it’s actually accomplishing more than it is. Sad.

  5. mrwriteon says:

    Beautifully expressed, m’dear. And anything by Hitchens is a worthy read.

  6. geewits says:

    You’d love the thing Mom sent me today. It’s a “Body Scan Calendar.” Multiple poses of x-rays in provocative poses.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    Must go read that Slate article now. Have you, btw, read Christopher H’s memoir, HITCH-22? It’s not awesome, but I really got “something” out of it.

  8. lime says:

    it does seem like a colossal waste of time. and the people protesting the scanners i just wanna say, really? you prefer getting felt up? isn’t that a BIGGER invasion of privacy? not that i’m in favor of the scanners mind you, just that they seem the lesser of two evils.

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