In addition to being expensive and compromising privacy, the new full-body scanners that the TSA is installing don’t work.
“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.
“That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport,” Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.
We’ll still buy dozens of these quarter-million dollar devices for every airport, and we’ll soon be treated to stories of TSA agents fulfilling their back-of-the-comic-book, X-ray spectacle fantasies, because that’s just how we roll. We might be able to have a rational discussion about airport security after another decade has passed since 9/11, but right now we’re still hysterical, irrational and willing to spend anything to purchase the appearance of safety.
(via James Fallows)