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?
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)
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.
… 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.
(via Daring Fireball)