I see today that the TSA has decided to let swiss army and other “small knives” on airplanes again. Chalk this up to the TSA being more about security theatre than reality.
As a person who travels constantly, I see three problems in the way TSA does things.
1) Here? OK…There? Not so much.
Some airports require certain things (like taking your iPad out of your bag) — others, not so much. Inconsistency rules.
2) People don’t change.
The security standards assume you’re always one kind of person. Suffice it to say, no one was BORN a terrorist. Something happened, and they changed course. How good is TSA in tracking these changes?
3) Thousands of years.
Finally, the people who want to hurt us are fighting battles that have been raging for centuries or more. The fact that we’re loosening our standards simply shows we don’t understand the long view.
Let me be clear – I want good security at our airports. I just resent the theatre. The attack on the WTC was conducted with box cutters and coordination — it’d be nice if our “security forces” helped guard against this, rather than loosening restrictions over time.