Doug Bedell — April 15, 2015, 8:55 am

Schneier: Misguided Metal Detectors at Ball Parks

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Bruce Schneier explains why he thinks the metal detectors that have been installed at major league baseball parks this season are “pure security theater – they look good without doing anything to make us safer.”

“As a security measure,” Schneier writes, “the new devices are laughable. The ballpark metal detectors are much more lax than the ones at an airport checkpoint. They aren’t very sensitive – people with phones and keys in their pockets are sailing through – and there are no X-ray machines…”

First of all, security gear needs to be credible, Schneier says, then goes on to discuss other aspects of what he considers an ill-advised move.

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