As a frequent traveler I am all for measures to keep me safe. Someday maybe I’ll see some at the airport. While I dutifully stand in line with the other sheep, taking off my shoes, emptying my pockets, taking my laptop out of my briefcase and putting it in a separate tray (why?), taking my jacket off, etc., etc., anybody with half a brain and the intention to do it can sneak on a plane. How do I know? Consider this career criminal who wanted to get from Washington state to Dallas, Texas.
He stole a car and led police on a wild ride at speeds of over 90 miles an hour, finally blowing the engine and crashing over a curb at an exit. He was arrested but later released in the custody of a family member. So off he went again to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and told the agent at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter that a relative was already in the boarding area and he needed a boarding pass. Two flights later, while trying to transfer to a Dallas flight in San Antonio someone figured out he didn’t really deserve a boarding pass for the flight. In fact he didn’t even have a ticket. He was detained again.
Master criminal? Maybe. But if so, quite precocious. Semaj Booker is 9 years old and in the fourth grade.
Airport security is theater. Theater of the Absurd.