There’s an article on Cracked.com written by Rafi Sela, the former head of security for what he called the “world’s safest airport.” That, being the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.
He listed and explained 7 reasons that the TSA is worthless. His list can be somewhat summarized by what appeared on Security Solutions’ website. That’s the firm that handles security at Ben Gurion which was headed by Rafi Sela:
…[T]he U.S. suffers from two shortcomings that Ben Gurion has dealt with and overcome. First, the U.S. has failed in its efforts to develop comprehensive layered security programs that protect airports in their entirety, from perimeter access roads to passenger checkpoints. Second, airport security directors in the U.S. have failed to come to terms with what Ron calls the human factor — the inescapable fact that terrorist attacks are carried out by people who can be found and stopped by an effective security methodology.
Instead of making eye contact with people, the TSA is worried about screening every piece of luggage. As he wrote on Cracked, “the very few terrorists that exist are like needles in a haystack… The TSA’s approach is to check every single piece of hay, in case it might actually be a needle.”
According to Sela, they don’t racially profile either. They emphasize making eye contact with travelers instead of worrying about people’s luggage. To them, it’s about risk, and they don’t want to make everybody wait for hours while they search everyone’s luggage just in case:
It’s different in Israel. You come in, we ask you questions, and we have well-trained people determine if you have any harmful plans. They look at your eyes and your body language, not your loafers. We have threats in the airport, but nothing deadly has happened to us, thank God, in the last 40 years…
We interview every single customer several times, but we don’t really care what you have to say. We’re paying attention to your behavior. Terrorism is a pretty nerve-wracking thing. That shoe bomber in 2001 failed because he literally sweated through his bomb. Obviously, looking out for anxiety is going to net you some false positives. Lots of people just hate flying. But it’s easy to weed them out from the men planning to commit mass murder.
Again, it’s about risk. Is it possible that a terrorist could get through and fool all the security staff into thinking that he’s just another traveler? Sure. No security system is 100% foolproof. But more than likely, they’ll be able to spot the people with ill intent. And their screening techniques actually have prevented a terrorist from boarding a plane with bomb.
I’m not necessarily saying that the U.S. should adopt all of these measures, but if we did, it would be a heck of a lot better, faster, more efficient and safer than what we have now, which has been described by many people as nothing but theater.
Because of TSA’s worthless practices and perpetually tarnished image, they have to work hard to try to convince people that they really should exist. They’ve even got a nice, little cartoon to make their security theater easy and fun for kids. Here’s the 2-minute propaganda video:
If you go to the video on YouTube, you’ll notice that comments and ratings have been disabled. Hmm, I wonder why?
The video curiously left out long “security” lines and oversized TSA officers groping children and grandmas. It also didn’t touch on the ability of passengers to bribe TSA agents into smuggling in drugs, explosives or weapons. Or the fact that TSA agents like to joke behind closed doors about the images they see on the nude scanners. It also seemed to forget about all the merchandise TSA agents have stolen from passengers over the years.
“See, kids? Being treated like cattle is easy and fun! Just comply. It’s that simple! Now, let’s go play Lick the Boot! Fun for the whole family!”