Alastair’s Place

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Airport Security

Am I the only one who thinks that the current airport security measures here in the U.K. are just plain stupid?

Sure, terrorists won’t be able to get on aeroplanes to detonate their bombs, but by clogging everything up, we’ve created huge crowds of people in the airport buildings themselves, outside the security checks. I can’t think of a better target for a terrorist; they’ll do many times more damage if they detonate a bomb in those crowds than they would be able to do if they blew up a plane. Well, with a big enough bomb, anyway.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be careful, but I think we should be wary of doing things that simply move the risk from the air to the ground, which is—I think—all we’ve actually achieved here.