MORE AIRPORT DELAYS
Travelers may encounter longer lines at airports as screeners focus extra attention on CD players, cameras, laptops and other electronic gadgets that terrorists might try to use to conceal weapons or bombs. The Homeland Security Department on Tuesday sent an advisory to law enforcement personnel nationwide alerting them to the possibility al-Qaida could use electronics to carry out attacks.
“AL-QAIDA OPERATIVES have shown a special interest in converting a camera flash attachment into a stun gun type of weapon or improvised explosive device,” the advisory said.
David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers Association, said longer lines will be a small price to pay for extra security. “ThereÃ¢€™s one thing worse than being slightly inconvenienced–it’s being permanently inconvenienced,” he said.
This is certainly a tough one. Obviously, we want to maximize our safety and minimize our inconvenience. But by the Redhead standard, the possibility of security precautions becoming even more idiotic is unbounded.
Further, absent some scanning technology of which I’m unaware, this seems worthless to me. Surely, they’re not going to have security guards taking apart our gear to look inside for a bomb (or, notes with the word “bomb” in them)? Indeed, it seems like it would make more sense to simply ban carry-on luggage consisting of more than some light reading material. It’d be a lot easier to get people through security if we’d quit letting people bring on mini suitcases that barely fit into those tiny overhead bins (or the front of your seat).