Friday, August 11, 2006

Weapons versus People

Quick thought:

Considering that we're now banning all liquids and gels from carry-on baggage, I had to wonder. We're focusing on preventing anything that might be used to create a bomb - and it's easier to just eliminate all liquids and gels than it is to check every one of the items to ensure that they are what they're supposed to be.

But then I remembered a criticism that I once heard ... that America is going about security wrong - we're looking for weapons - not people.

(cross posted at Moderate Toledo)


Michael said...

I think you and "David Sneakers" at A Soldier's Perspective (one of the handful of milblogs I read) are on the same track, though he's a bit more blunt.
Here's his take:
or via tinyurl:

-- Mike

Maggie Thurber said...

Mike - thanks for the link...I thoroughly enjoyed the Soldier's Perspective - especially his wondering about pouring all those liquids into the same container in the airport being, perhaps, the more dangerous of the actions taken...

Do said...

It's easier to prohibit an entire population from using legal products, then it is to come up with a plan to identify, qualify and prosecute the folks with poor intentions. And we all know - taking the easy way out is what our society does. God forbid we offend someone.

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Hooda Thunkit said...


I had always carried on "the basics" to get me through, just in case my little plane flight turned into an "over-nighter," which it sometimes does.

I could still survive without liquids, gels and pastes, in a carry-on if I had to, but NOT without my laptop :-(

Hopefully, carry-ons will soon be allowed, but without the potentially troubling liquids. Oh, and laptops too ;-)

BrianInVero said...

Is it me, or did anyone else watch the TSA's dumping of ALL liquids into the same trash container, then taking several trash containers and combining them into one vehicle to haul off?

If combining chemicles were a concern, wouldn't you think of a better solution of disposal than combining what you don't want some "terrorists" to combine?

Kate said...

I don't think that there is a good solution yet. It's, at least to me, a fairly new issue. It seems like they're always a step ahead - the terrorists.

As a frequent traveler..I can't imagine what kind of a system they could come up with the test the contents of all the liquids people normally have. From cologne to mouthwash.

But they'll have to figure something out - I am always amazed when I still have to take my shoes off....what's the world coming to?!

Thought on the laptop - if you had appropriate packing materials - you could overnight it to your destination.

Hooda Thunkit said...


But then, I'd still heve to be without it.

Mrs. Thunkit already suspects that it has attached itself to my lap.

She may have a point ;-)

Kate said...

Well hooda - we're finally facing the final dilemma. Do without our laptops or face the stigma of being politically correct and profiling?

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck...we're the bad guys for asking if it's a duck?

Profile away. Let the PC crowd move onto an island somewhere...

Kate said...

oops..that'd be politically INcorrect :-)

I think that'll be my new motto in life....maybe I can get a bumper sticker?

Politically incorrect - don't care what you have to say - save your breath.

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