Airport Security Lines

Seth Godin has a number of “random travel thoughts,” several of which relate to airport security:

  • When I go through security, why do I need to remove a cardigan sweater but the woman standing next to me can keep her cashmere blouse on? Are certain kinds of wool inherently risky?
  • What would happen if Imagineers from Disney designed the security line? Why not let them try?
  • After inspecting more than twenty million pairs of shoes, have the screeners found even one dangerous pair?
  • After seven years, why is random yelling still the way that TSA screeners communicate their superstitious rules to people in line? Will this still be true in twenty years?

Good questions all.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. rodney dill says:

    My wife and I actually had a good experience with the TSA at Detroit Metro Airport. My wife was traveling and had a hair conditioner and toothpaste tube that were determined to be too big. After determining that the contents were benign, a TSA person carried the two items out to me (outside the secured area). It was certainly in their ability to just discard the items, but in this instance they did no.