Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Israel's airport security system is unrealistic for the US

Would a much more customized or targeted airport security system like Israel’s work here, and allow most “ordinary people” to pass through security with little intrusion?

Maybe not, wrote Helene Cooper in the New York Times on Nov. 22. People have actually boarded planes in Israel without shoes or wallets, and people are questioned much more for “consistency” (rather like a polygraph examiner’s test) before boarding. For example, someone who says he is a history professor might be asked questions on history. Obviously, a screening force would have to be much more educated academically than ours could ever be. The link is here.

The Washington Times had proposed an Israel-style system Monday Nov. 22, in an editorial with a humorous title, here.  The TWT writes “TSA believes an 80-year-old grandmother deserves the same level of scrutiny at an airport terminal checkpoint as a 19-year-old male exchange student from Yemen.” Yet, once we start profiling, the enemy, as the Washington Post has said, will start finding other groups of people as buffers. Ruth Marcus writes an op-ed in The Washington Post, “Grow Up America” here.

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