The TSA tried the puffer machines, then withdrew them from airports.
Then they a blew massive chunk of public money on the backscatter x-ray machines, then withdrew them from airports.
They insisted that Granny and Little Susie were just as likely to be terrorists as the rest of us (and of course we all are) and so needed to be groped like the rest of us, then backpedaled on that and declared that all grannies over 75 and little kiddies under 12 wouldn’t have to be groped (but they still are).
Then they spent a billion dollars on the voodoo-science, let’s-train-high-school-dropouts-to-perform-instantaneous-psychological-evaluations-using-small-talk Behavior Detection Officers. Now? The voodoo technicians are losing their jobs at a long list of airports. (Oh noes, no one will be reading terrorist microexpressions in Palm Springs!)
The TSA(W): Throwing Shit At the Wall, and waiting to see what sticks. Are they learning from their failures? Time will tell. They sure do have a lot of failures to learn from. (Then again, they are still using the oft-times-proven-to-be-worthless millimeter wave scanners, so one’s hope would seem to be misplaced.)
Thanks to Ron Bonner for the heads-up on the latest.
(Photo: Voodoo Joker by Dave Gough/Flickr Creative Commons)