An intriguing question of safety


In a riveting piece in today’s Toronto Star, the question is asked: Should America turn toward the Israelification of its airports?

My answer, after reading the article: Absolutely.

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I’m a die-hard liberal who stands strongly against wire-tapping and other evil ways of probing the private lives of fellow Americans. But this is different. Once someone enters an airport, reasonable tactics in the name of safety are OK with me. That’s doesn’t mean racial profiling, which is just wrong. But do I have a problem with full body scans? No. With Israel-tough standards? No.

Trust me, read the article.

4 thoughts on “An intriguing question of safety”

  1. With Nicki now in radiography school (in an effort to develop one member of the household with a marketable non-word-based profession), I hear the tales. These body-imaging devices can see the IUD inside you, the nipple rings, the butt tattoo and whether you are circumcised. I could not care less about myself, and even N could probably go all Lady Godiva for the cause, but our 12-year-old daughter could be really damaged by such an invasion of privacy.

    Thanks for this link, though, as it frames things in a much more rational way than much of what I’m hearing this week. No question we could learn a lot from El Al.

  2. I have two major issues with the scans, but they can be gotten around.

    1) I do not trust the barely-literate, barely-evolved idiots they have working airport security now.

    Spend some of the free-flowing tax money on making those jobs $75,000 to start and require a college degree.

    Shortly after 9/11, there were a few stories about how hot women were “suddenly” getting set aside for searches, so these apes could get their rocks off.

    Jail time for those guys. Not just termination. Jail time.

    2) Images end up on the Internet now. This happens, the airport gets fined $10 million. The airline gets fined another $10 million.

    I’d much rather endure a pat-down — naughty bits included — then have to give up my Kindle and laptop with an hour still left in the flight.

  3. first, the israelis accomplish a lot of what they do through profiling. it works for them, but it wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be used here.

    second, and most important, israel has one international airport. it sees fewer passengers in a year than the airport in my hometown (orlando, fl) sees in two months. and the US has hundreds of international airports and thousands of smaller ones. israeli style security is very unlikely to be scalable to our needs.

  4. I would definitely agree with you Jeff. I’ve traveled through Tel Aviv many times and although their security procedures are invasive and annoying, they make TSA look like a joke. All it takes is one person slipping through security to change our lives and country forever. We need this type of strict screening in the US, no matter how inconvenient it is for ourselves.

Leave a Reply