Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, April 6, 2015

TSA Sticks With the Witch-Docter Surveillance Program

The TSA's "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques" program (SPOT) is complete, utter, 100% bullshit.

They've known it's bullshit for awhile.


Deadstick said...

"Improper attire for location"

According to George Will, that includes blue jeans in the airport.

Mike R said...

Well of course George is right. He knows that there are two kinds of people in the world. One set without couth and completely untrustworthy moochers who want the highest pay for the least work. They also may or may not bathe and probably use improper language. These people wear jeans. Then there are the leaders, the exalted and true Americans. The ones who should define society, the true rulers and definers of civilization the ones who wear suits. Myself I belong to the former and believe that George Will is a smarmy sack of shit.

The New York Crank said...

If I may take a contrarian position here, the program at the very least is well intentioned, and appears not outrageously different from the one Israel uses to great effect. At least so far, terrorists have not made it aboard an El Al flight.

The difference may be in criteria, or in the interpretive skills of the TSA inspectors. who apply the criteria. But the intention, I assume, is to spare us the shoeless, beltless, nothing-in-the-pockets shuffle through airport security lines at a pace so slow it would cause a snail to have a meltdown.

One last point. If TSA publicizes the criteria, the criteria become useless. I'm sure that right now, in some Al Queda training camp, an instructor is telling his acolytes, "Remember, dear martyrs, whatever you do, don't stare down at the ground, don't blink, and don't wear jeans."

Moral, I'm guessing: A brilliant program run by jerks is as useless as a stupid program.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

Comrade Misfit said...

"Well trained" and "competent" are not terms that one ordinarily associates with the TSA.

Also, Israel has all of six airports that handle passenger flights. By the end of the decade, that'll be down to four. In comparison, the U.S. has almost 400 airports that embark 10,000 passengers a year or more.