From the ‘Security Theater’ Files

[IP] More Baggage Taboos, but Little Security Enhancement:

Everybody has a favorite story from what I think of as the T.S.A. Follies. Here's mine. A uniformed pilot waits impatiently at a checkpoint for 10 minutes while two screeners from the Transportation Security Administration scrutinize every item in his carry-on bag. After he was allowed to go on his way, he explained why it took so long. “They told me they had to make sure I wasn't carrying anything that would allow me to take over an airplane,” he said, rolling his eyes

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