Finally, someone at a major American newspaper is calling our current airport security system for what it is - inane, wasteful, and designed to make politicians feel good - but not effective.
Patrick Smith writes about this in his New York Times opinion piece titled "The Airport Security Follies". "In the end, I’m not sure which is more troubling, the inanity of the existing regulations, or the average American’s acceptance of them and willingness to be humiliated. These wasteful and tedious protocols have solidified into what appears to be indefinite policy, with little or no opposition."
I travel a lot by plane - and I'm tired of the airport security that is a bureaucrat's dream and a regular person's Kafkaesque nightmare. It isn't effective and is taking resources away from the hard and targeted work that really is necessary to stop terrorism. All it has done is create employment for more people whose self interest will be to make sure the taxpayer pays their wages indefinitely.
Also, why do I have this sneaking suspicion that Patrick Smith many have written himself into the "suspected terrorist" list that makes traveling by plane a nightmare for my friend David Nelson (because some suspected terrorist, not him, is also named David Nelson).