Metal scanners take out the obvious, guns, knives, nail clippers, long scissors, etc. Dogs and electronics sniffers work quite effectively to take care of the cretins who try to carry on shoes or pants made of something explosive.Close and careful observation of passengers, by trained observers, waiting for boarding in line and in the waiting area does produce results. The drug couriers and suicide bombers are almost always amateurs selected for the task exactly because they are dispensable! To trained observers they display obvious actions.AND, why not eliminate all but a bottle of water purchased at the loading gate only and a book, magazine or some other reading material, everything else goes in baggage. I am tired of the endless shuffle and stop, shuffle and stop of those who cannot put their huge armloads of stuff in the overhead bins without keeping the rest of us waiting.
I am pleased the bomb in the printer cartridge was found,
was it found with these?:Explosive Detector"The new machine claims to cut down on queue-time by using lasers to scan for potential explosives and could bring an end to the frustrating process of removing clothing at security.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1329082/Airport-security-New-explosive-detector-aims-cut-security-waiting-times.htmlOR...."Japan will test new "walk-through" bomb detectors that can pick up minute traces of explosives when the country hosts an Asia-Pacific summit next month, government officials said Wednesday."http://www.physorg.c...rs-apec.htmlAnd
this is from Homeland Security News:"U.S. scientists warned that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners now being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe"http://homelandsecur...ctionAND"Better
bomb sniffer built: Chemists have developed a sensor that detects minute amounts of TATP, an explosive favored by terrorists"I recently read a thought provoking article on this issue, the author advocates eliminating the TSA:http://blogs.forbes.com/artcarden/2010/11/14/full-frontal-nudity-doesnt-make-us-safer-abolish-the-tsa/"You are almost certainly more likely to die or be injured driving to the airport than you are to be injured by a terrorist once you're in the air, even without a TSA. Indeed, once you have successfully made it to the airport, the most dangerous part of your trip is over. Until it's time to drive home, that is...the TSA doesn't provide security. It provides security theater..." "It's also not entirely crazy to think that an airline will take measures to keep their pilots from turning their multi-million dollar planes into flying bombs...I'm pretty sure airline managers know that cutting corners on security isn