I have a lot of mixed feelings about the way airport security has been rising as of late. In addition to the standard metal detector, you have to bring ID, you can be subject to strip searches, CAT scans, have all your packages unwrapped, and strewn about. You have to answer the "security questions" (which I would think that folks would practice a little common sense to begin with) Laws were passed here in the US that allows the airlines to track travel habits, as well as your name, address, et.al. Check in times are getting longer and longer (do any of you really want to check in 3 hours early for a flight to LAS from LAX, when, including actual flight time, I could DRIVE there in that amount of time?)Then, of course there's the perpetual thorn in my side that seems to be growing like a tumor, and that's restricting the concourses to ticketed passengers only. They will drag every passenger off of a plane if a piece of luggage isn't matched up with the manifest. I know, I was on a WestPac flight and this happened. (BTW, why not hold the suspicious bag, and send the plane on its way?).
All of this of course is presented ostensibly "for our own safety". Personally, I question the legitamate need for having such a "big brother" paranoid approach to airline security. If some freak is going to blow up a plane, they're going to get it. Period. Even if they have to wait along side the runway and wait for it to take off, and shoot it down with a portable rocket launcher (which is available in any military surplus store). Even if all the windows on the plane are plugged. Even if all air pax are shackled to, in and from their seats-blindfolded. Most folks don't seem to see the bigger picture here. Are they so dependant on others (or so brainwashed) that they are willing to sacrifice more and more of their liberties (why is it anyone's business where I fly to, and how often?) just for a slightly reduced chance of a terrorist attack....which the odds of that happening on any given flight are statistically so astronomically remote anyway?