how dangerous is flying?

Deaths from air terrorists = zero.

… on over ten million flights in the U.S. last year, only 50 people died in a flight accident. You have a much greater chance of dying in the car on the way to the airport than you will when you are on board your flight. …

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Gadling – Infographic: Is it safe to fly this holiday season?

Why are we spending so much money on airport security?

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TSA’s new book for kids: “My First Cavity Search”

Boing Boing

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when Meg opted out of the porno-scanner

The TSA chose Meg McLain for special screening. They wanted her to go through the new porno-scanners. When she opted out, TSA agents raised an enormous ruckus. When she asked some question about what they planned to do to her, they flipped out. TSA agents yelled at her, handcuffed her to a chair, ripped up her ticket, called in 12 local Miami cops and finally escorted her out of the airport.

audio interview with Meg on Vimeo

(via Daring Fireball – TSA Outrage of the Day)

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why we HATE airports

Do you feel your time wasted? … We do.

Security Theater is a term that describes security countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually improve security.

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… if the terrorist threat is so real, why are soft targets like shopping malls not blowing up every week?

A true terrorist would simply bypass flying and blow up soft civilian targets. If Al Qaeda are so prevalent, and the war on terror is real, then why are Al Qaeda wasting their time smuggling bombs on to airplanes?

There are so many soft targets that could do far more economic damage. …

War Tard

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the Israeli Airport Security Model won’t scale

… no matter how safe or how wonderful the flying experience on El Al, it is TINY airline by U.S. standards, with only 38 aircraft, 46 destinations, and fewer than two million passengers in 2008. As near as I can tell, Cairo is their only destination in a majority Muslim country. Delta, before the Northwest merger is included, reported 449 aircraft and 375 destinations. …

By American standards, in terms of passengers served, Ben Gurion is a busy regional airport.

Simply put, the Israeli airport security model does not scale.

Schneier on Security

Still, there are some features of the successful Israeli model that could be used world-wide. Anything is a better investment than porno-scanners.

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