The stupidity of airport security theater

Have you ever wondered why your laptop gets so much scrutiny and your other electronic devices so little? It’s all about keeping up appearances.

“I happened upon a security expert who asked that he not be identified because he has worked on related issues with the Department of Homeland Security. He said that the laptop rule is about appearances, giving people a sense that something is being done to protect them. “Security theater,” he called it.”

“If the government really wanted to cover the dangers posed by electronics, he said, it would need to carefully inspect all manner of electronics, from phones to netbooks to tablets, to look for increasingly small and sophisticated weapons.” —The Mystery of the Flying Laptop, The New York Times, April 4, 2012.

Morons, all of them.


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