Doug Bedell — August 10, 2018, 2:32 pm

Airport Security May, or May Not, Change, Bruce Schneier Writes


Bruce Schneier discusses airport security, in the wake of a report that the Transportation Security Administration is considering eliminating security at U.S. airports that fly only smaller planes – 60 seats or fewer. “Passengers connecting to larger planes would clear security at their destinations.”

If this sounds like a cockamamie approach to airport security, Schneier advises that “commentary around the news has been strongly negative. Regardless of the idea’s merit, it will almost certainly not happen.” He explains that the political resistance will be, already is, strong.

As for himself, Schneier adds that “We don’t know enough to conclude whether this is a good idea, but it shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. We need to evaluate airport security based on concrete costs and benefits, and not continue to implement security theater based on fear. And we should applaud the agency’s willingness to explore changes in the screening process.”

Maybe so, but airport security comes first – not after a larger plane has reached its destination.

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