Up now in Patrick Smith's ASK THE PILOT on Salon.com:
THE FUTURE OF AIRPORT SECURITY..... OR NOT
A look at CrewPASS, TSA, and IATA's big plans.
Plus, another you-can't-make-this-up moment from the checkpoint.
"... The IATA proposal is a great idea, but sadly it's a long way off. And while it is liable to be welcomed in Europe and the rest of the world, we cynics expect strong resistance from TSA. Not because TSA feels it's a bad idea, per se, but because the IATA plan diametrically opposes much of what TSA does, and would require TSA to relinquish a good deal of its power and control. TSA is essentially in the business of search and seizure -- of stripping people down, literally and figuratively, and confiscating their hardware. IATA's strategy is based primarily on the gathering and interpreting of intelligence...
... In the meantime, it's oddly reassuring to remind ourselves that despite what whiners like me often lead the public to believe, American airports do not, it turns out, hold a monopoly when it comes to lunatic and irrational security policies. For example, here's what happened to me a few weeks ago flying home from Asia ..."
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