After two minor incidents that ended up with my son receiving one-day suspensions, I've told my 15-year old, who has learning disabilities and OCD, to not answer any questions without a parent present.
It's just too easy for administration to manipulate him and get him to say something that will result in a suspension.
The By-law Enforcement Officers in my city now wear protective body armor due to a single incident when a property owner pointed a gun (determined to be a BB gun) at an officer. No shot fired but apparently they now have to wear a kevlar vest (that won't stop a speeding bullet)
Between the dark ball cap, the dark uniform, shoulder patch and body armor, the By-law Enforcement Officers could easily be mistaken for a Police Officer.
Your problem is that you said "decent designer". There are no "decent designers" within the government.
Look at all the kids that get tagged by the system because their name matches some 50-year old terrorist. I recall a family travelling from the UK to Disney World and they got pulled into additional screening three times because their young son's name matched a name on the watch list.
So each time, limited resources were spent on 'checking' a young child. Meanwhile, suspected terrorists walk right through security. It's a complete joke.
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...or drop the ball like they did with the Boston Marathon bombers.
It's okay to travel to a part of the world known for terrorist activities and return back to the USA and then have a foreign intelligence agency ask the FBI to look into a few guys. But it is not okay for you to travel if the name of your 2-year old son matches a name on the no-fly list and then the same thing happens when he is 8-years old.
Yup, DHS is doing a wonderful job fighting terrorism.
The TSA chooses to stick to the process because that way it can hire anyone who passes a background check and who can read English while providing minimal training. The ability to think and use judgement are not job requirements. Take a look at the people who work for the TSA. They are one step - barely at that - above a mall cop.