But I Like Having My Naked Picture Taken By TSA

“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.” -Henry Louis Mencken

I found this article interesting.

“Despite facing dozens of potential threats each day, the security set-up at Israel’s largest hub, Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, has not been breached since 2002, when a passenger mistakenly carried a handgun onto a flight. How do they manage that?”

Israel focuses on two things for airport security; an extensive intelligence network which can check out passengers before they arrive at the airport and profiling at the airport, that is looking for people acting suspicious (think Lie To Me.)  In Israel, someone would have batted an eyelash at Jeffery Goldberg’s carry-on full of Hezbollah paraphernalia.

Every time I go through security in the US, I can’t help but to think of the XKCD comic about the TSA:

TSA responded to the comic and the response instills even less confidence in the organization.  Especially when Randall Munroe, the creator of the comic, showed up to point out that he’s blown up trees with laptop batteries.  I’d imagine that sort of explosion would do some serious damage to an airplane.

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