Those in the know who question the above mentioned measures are questioning their true purpose and their effectiveness. Nobody doubts that if not allowing nail clippers on a flight enhanced security significantly, it would be worth it. The question is, does such a regulation enhance security? Was it even intended to?
My guess is the answer is "no" on both counts. The TSA
knows that nail clippers are not a threat - they just want to make it look like they are doing something about a problem that not much can be done about anyway. At least not much can be done through airport screening. Intelligent screening can provide a valuable obsticle in the way of terrorists, but it can never stop a determined crook. Anyone who has been to prison or worked in one will tell you that you can make a deadly weapon out of anything.
Israel (and even Europe) has had far fewer aircraft hijackings and bombings than the US has had because they use SECURITY rather than SCREENING to attack the terrorists. They profile people. They investigate. They use common sense. They are proactive. They are relatively easy on most people yet know the smell of a threat and are drawn to it. They also understand that if the vast majority of terrorists come from a single ethnic or social group - it makes sense to watch members of the said ethnicity or group more closely. They are not hobbled by politically correct gobbledegook. This is the exact opposite of the TSA
and its privatly owned predecessors.
There have been some good things that have come from post 9-11 regulation. It makes allot of sense to seal off the cockpit behind a reinforced door - this should have been done a long time ago. But these sensible things are only a small part of what has been done.
In the past, stupid things like banning nail clippers or near-airport parking were done for a short time to calm ignorant people down after an attack and then the measures were quietly abbandoned. The authorities realized that they only had PR
value and used them only to molify the ignorant for a short period of time. Nowdays, the ignorant are being more persistant and have succeeded in institutionalizing thier stupidity in the form of the TSA
. People ignorant of BOTH security AND aviation are being put in a position of guaranteed lifetime employment in critical jobs. Whats worse, they will soon have the authority to revoke or deny professional licences and security clearances without having to give any reason at all or being answerable to anybody.
Michael Boyd is right about this one. The TSA
sucks. Its too bad that they have so much power now that most in the industry are afraid to state this obvious fact.