Sure, I poke fun at them all the time, but I don’t write so good all the time. But this guy wrote a rather coherent and eloquent article about the sham that is the concept of “security” the TSA has been spouting pretty much since its inception.
Sure, he just forges a boarding pass, something that has been going on for years and something that online check-in has basically made a trivial task that anyone can do. He also has learned that an eight-ounce toothpaste tube fits quite well in the pocket of your pants, and that the a “Beerbelly,” a neoprene sling that holds a polyurethane bladder and drinking tube, is generally not detected by the TSA.
To be certain, some of the arguments made are pretty stupid. Why should a TSA agent care that he has a Hezbollah flag or an inflatable Yasser Arafat doll in his luggage? Those cannot actually do any harm, just like eight ounces of toothpaste cannot do any harm. And then there is this bit that made me laugh a bit:
Later, Schneier would carry two bottles labeled saline solution—24 ounces in total—through security. An officer asked him why he needed two bottles. “Two eyes,” he said. He was allowed to keep the bottles.
The article is definitely an entertaining read, even if the guy doesn’t get it all right.
And, yes, I meant to get the opening line wrong. Thanks.
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