Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fixing a train wreck - Part 2

I received an email from someone who wanted me to link to their list of ways to improve airport security - specifically by making it faster for the passengers. However, there was no indication that the author wanted to make it better for the passengers. That is, all of the rights violations currently in place were taken as a given, and the list was just ways to make each rights violation more efficient! Here's my response:

Your article is full of half-measures that do not address the real problem. I've covered this topic in the past (see list below) and see no reason to link to you. However, here's a list of 10 ways that the government has and will continue to illegally botch airport security while violating our basic rights. Feel free to blog it (in which case I will link to you!)

(regarding whether our luggage and persons should be subject to so much scrutiny to begin with):
US Law - The 4th Amendment
Human Rights

(This one is relevant Re: the shoe scanner idea):
Does the state care about your health?

On so-called under-staffing:
There will always be a security gap
Incompetence rewarded

What's wrong with the various ways of "improving" security, including low-risk travelers, prior identification, and slow/fast lanes:
New! Improved! (And still a rights violation!)
More on the "Checkpoint of the future"
Will the 'checkpoint of the future' even work?
Expedited trusted traveler program? Well...
Fixing a train wreck