You’re doing it wrong

This is news to me, but did you know that airports are not required to use TSA screeners? One of my favorite parts of the article:

In a May 2010 letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Mica noted that the GAO “discovered that since the program’s inception, at least 17 known terrorists … have flown on 24 different occasions, passing through security at eight SPOT airports.” One of those known terrorists was Faisal Shahzad, who made it past SPOT monitors onto a Dubai-bound plane at New York’s JFK International Airport not long after trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square. Federal agents nabbed him just before departure.

SPOT stands for “Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques,” and is the TSA’s attempt at replicating the successful security observation technique used at some Israeli airports. The problem is—to quote Mr. Mom—you’re doing it wrong.

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