Is the TSA killing us?

A column by Charles Kenny has been reposted all over the web. It quotes a study by researchers at Cornell University that Sommer Gentry, Bill Fisher, and Wendy Thomson of TSA News have written about here more than once

In a nutshell, because more people are choosing to drive rather than fly to escape the TSA’s abusive practices, and because driving is more dangerous than flying (despite all the hype about A Terrorist Around Every Corner), more people are dying in traffic accidents. Therefore, it can be said that the TSA is “causing” more deaths.

The column presents, as we’ve done here umpteen times, facts, figures, statistical analysis, risk assessment, empirical evidence. If you appreciate these things, you’ll probably like the column. If you prefer fear over logic, you probably won’t.

It’s called “Airport Security Is Killing Us.”

And on this day before Thanksgiving, when millions of people are unlucky enough to be flying, we remind you that you have many ways to resist. You aren’t powerless. You can try any of these methods, or you can simply opt-out.


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