Tonight On Security Theater: After Hours Airport Antics Expose Security Tunnel Vision

from the pay-no-attention-to-the-men-beyond-the-checkpoint dept

We've written quite a bit, recently, about the more controversial actions of the TSA and their airport screening practices. And now there's a somewhat amusing story that demonstrates why many people think that doing things like groping little children -- and claiming that it's not only proper, but necessary -- is really just security theater. Two travelers, stranded at Dallas-Fort Worth airport, made the local news after filming themselves goofing around in the terminal, after hours. A DFW airport board member was not amused and vows that this kind of thing is "not going to happen again." However, this isn't the first time something like this has happened (though it might be a first at DFW), so it kind of makes you wonder why the security folks hadn't already taken steps to prevent this. Of course, it looks like these guys were just having fun, but doesn't it seem like a couple of guys wandering unchecked in a nearly empty terminal might be a bit more of a security risk than a toddler's underwear? Apparently, the experts don't think so:
Aviation security experts who have seen the video say it doesn’t show any major security concerns because the two guys were ticketed passengers who had already been screened by the TSA.
Hmm, so, the fact that they were "ticketed" and "already screened" means that there's nothing that they could have gotten their hands on, as they made their way through the terminal (at one point, entering the kitchen of a restaurant), that might pose a threat to other travelers? While I don't think anyone should be freaking out about these incidents, they do seem to lend credence to the idea that many of the actions taken by the TSA are just for show, while obvious security holes are left wide open. They'll go out of their way to make sure a baby isn't the next underwear bomber, but can't even send someone to remind some marauding men to stick to the designated passenger areas and quit messing with airport property? Good show.

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    darryl, 19 Jun 2011 @ 1:11am

    Re: order or magnitude more !!!!!!

    "Several orders of magnitude more cash is spent on TSA then Tornado, Micro-bursts, or earthquakes or anything else."

    WHAT !!!!!
    in what universe ?

    when was the last time a kid took down a plane (or airport) with a model rocket ?

    You are right you do need education, (you get it) you need LAW ENFORCEMENT (you get that, it is against the law to take bombs onto planes, enforced by the TSA, and others).

    INTEL, you get that by gathering intel, and that intel would tell them that terrorists routinely use small children as weapons. You also get intel by conducting searches, and education by showing that even children will be searched therefore that is not a safe vector for a terrorist to carry a bomb.

    If you do not search a specific group, the terrorists will become that group, and you cannot see that ?

    So education yes, please get some, and if you think security measures and safety procedures do not work because there is always another vector for attack or accident then you ignore it ?

    You fail to also understand that they have taken into consideration a missile attack during takeoff (and no a kids model rocket WOULD NOT TAKE DOWN a large jet aircraft, you probably would be hardly able to detect a model rocket entering a jet engine.

    And if you think the amount spent on the TSA is orders of magnitude than that of air sefety in general and in aircraft design, air traffic control, dopplier radar, pilot training, airport security (in general).

    Pre-flight, post flight, and periodic checking and testing, and you think a few people at each airport with scanners and x-ray machines is orders of magnitudes higher cost than the total costs of ensuring safe and secure air travel.

    its just amazing how narrow some people can think !!! or dont think..

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