Security Theater

Michael Froomkin at Discourse.net writes:

Boing Boing reports that TSA is now requiring that you remove all electronic devices from your carry-on bags, including cables etc. and place them in a separate bin to be scanned at the security checkpoints. I could hold the line up ten minutes myself given all the gear I travel with…

No word at present about this new assault on air travel at TSA’s new oh-so-friendly PR blog (“Liquids cover 70% of the earth and they also make up a good percentage of our comments from the traveling public.”).

Don’t let the smiling faces fool you: the more we engage in security theater and ‘protect’ against minimal threats to look good while diverting resources from things that matter, the more that any hypothetical enemies are laughing.

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About James G. Milles

Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Posted on February 1, 2008, in Politics, Rights, Technology, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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