While air travel goes through yet another tightening of security, while making flying as unpleasant as possible, I started thinking back to the “Shoe Bomber” who is now rotting in a maximum security jail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Reid_%28shoe_bomber%29 .
In 2002, Richard Reid tried to light his shoes on fire; so now we all have to take our shoes off at the airport. Where does this leave us with”Captain Underpants bomber”? Will we all be asked to disrobe before boarding?
There are those who are flogging machines that will do just that. Electronic disrobing is suppose to protect us. It seems that the ones who are helped the most are those who sell the machines, yes Michael Chertoff, I’m talking about you and your buddies.
Before our government and the airlines go on another very expensive quest for perfect security, by the way there isn’t any, lets see what the shoe bomber and the underpants bomber have in common. No I am not talking about radical Islam, alienation, or dateless Saturday nights.
Both bought their tickets with CASH, about $3,000 to be precise. Both had no luggage for international flights. In the case of Richard Reid this raised enough suspicions that because of scrutiny and questions he missed his first flight and had to take one the following day. But it appears no one followed up their suspicions about him either. When the underpants bomber paid cash and didn’t have any luggage, it appears he didn’t raise any red flags at all.
I am going to make a modest proposal. Nobody can pay cash for international flights. Terrorists are loathe to leave a paper trail of messy credit card applications and receipts, that is why they deal in cash.
Lets try this before we spend untold billions of dollars on electronic disrobing machines. I commend to all the IV Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution . I still believe that we have a right to be secure in our persons as the Bill of Rights claims.
Anyone who has watched a 78 year old cancer patient struggle to put her shoes back on after having be frisked (yeah, my Mom) knows that this system is broken. Behaviors, not shoes or underpants are the “tell” as they say in poker. It is time to focus on this.