TSA and risk: perspective, please

The editorial board of the Asbury Park Press recently fretted that we need to keep our guard up, the reason being, “. . . as we know too well, there are countless other would-be terrorists out there just like him” (“him” refers to Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Underwear Bomber).

So may I challenge this sentence that is stated as truth? The collective “we” does not know “all too well.” In fact, statistics over the last ten years clearly indicate that “countless” is anything but. Continue reading “TSA and risk: perspective, please”

TSA’s procedures don’t make anyone safer

In response to a pro-TSA editorial in the Asbury Park Press, I maintain that not only does the TSA fail in its mission of protecting passengers, but that it actually harms our security by its actions. That the TSA fails in its stated goal of keeping prohibited items off airplanes is amply demonstrated by its 70% failure rate in testing, and the continuing presence of loaded handguns and box cutters on flights.

And how does TSA make us less safe?  Let me count the ways: Continue reading “TSA’s procedures don’t make anyone safer”

TSA security model: epic fail

On any given day, I’ll find several complaints about the TSA in my Twitter stream. Yesterday, one in particular stood out among the typical grousing about long lines and pointless shoe-removals. It contained language that suggested the agency had screwed up in yet new ways (and as someone with family members and friends who travel frequently, even weekly–and who’s thus heard plenty–that’s saying something). Continue reading “TSA security model: epic fail”