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Topic # 55278 28-Dec-2009 12:35 Send private message

After the latest "terrorist incident" (sounded more like a lone nutter) the TSA are introducing even more security measures:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/us/27security.html
(first entry here via Google if you can't read it)

Apparently the new measures are "unpredictable" so as to keep terrorists on their toes.

Now anyone who has an ounce of sense and follows Bruce Schneier's blog will know that most of these measures are absolutely useless - here's a short list of some of the classics:


  • Passengers kept seated during the last hour of flight.

  • Cabin lights kept on for the whole flight.

  • Only one carry on bag.

  • No electronic devices during first hour of flight.

  • Turning off the electronic map that shows the location of the plane.


Now I like to ridicule these rules as much as everyone else, but it's always easier to criticise so I'm interested to know what constructive ideas we can offer for improving security,

My suggestion? I've never understood the mania for removing nail clippers and suchlike as potential weapons when passengers are allowed to carry glass bottles of alcohol on board. Some airports don't allow you to carry the duty free alcohol around the airport, they hand it to you as you get on the plane. Why not keep it locked up and only hand it over as you disembark? This would prevent the worst drunk passenger problems, and please the airlines as they get to sell you more alcohol onboard.

Anyone else?

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  Reply # 285606 28-Dec-2009 14:06 Send private message

Just FYI nail clippers have been permitted back on planes for a long time now. Australia was one of the few places that still had them banned and they removed this restriction a few days before Xmas.

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  Reply # 285731 28-Dec-2009 22:36 Send private message

I would be happier if they gave every person on the plane a big F-off knife if you didnt already have one. That way the chances of someone being able to do something to some nut-job on the plane are higher. That guy tackled mr burniepants with no weapon at all. Good on him. If everyone had access to a big knife it would be no worries.




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  Reply # 285735 28-Dec-2009 22:43 Send private message

richms: I would be happier if they gave every person on the plane a big F-off knife if you didnt already have one. That way the chances of someone being able to do something to some nut-job on the plane are higher. That guy tackled mr burniepants with no weapon at all. Good on him. If everyone had access to a big knife it would be no worries.


 I like your thinking !!!



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  Reply # 285737 28-Dec-2009 22:44 Send private message

Interesting idea - bit like the old story about the guy who always takes a bomb on the plane because the chance of there being two bombs on the plane are much lower than just one.

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