TSA: Smokescreening

An interesting and fun to read article in Vanity Fair about the security check procedures established by the TSA:

"Taking off your shoes is next to useless. "It's like saying, Last time the terrorists wore red shirts, so now we’re going to ban red shirts," Schneier says. "If the T.S.A. focuses on shoes, terrorists will put their explosives elsewhere. €œFocusing on specific threats like shoe bombs or snow-globe bombs simply induces the bad guys to do something else. You end up spending a lot on the screening and you haven'€™t reduced the total threat." (from: Vanity Fair)

Schneier of course is Bruce Schneier who is always interesting to read. He writes about security and computers. I have quoted him many times before on this blog.

Posted on December 31, 2011 .