Monday, December 31, 2007

An important message about airport security

Here is an excellent post from the New York Times Jet Lagged blog. In it, Patrick Smith, a commercial pilot, systematically dissects the current state of airport security, arguing persuasively that nearly all the measures adopted to improve security are preventing old-style attacks or doing nothing useful at all.

Yet they cost millions of hours of time on behalf of passengers, and billions of dollars of extra personnel costs as well--helping to make air travel the misery it's become.

If you travel frequently by air, as I do, Smith's essay will ring true to you. Check it out.