18
Dec
06

Airports Around the Country Unsafe from Reporters

Malkin has a story about perimeter security at airports and how it’s lacking.

Airport security? Lacking? But that’s impossible!

From the story:

Lurking for an hour on the perimeters of the state’s busiest airports, including Orlando and Tampa, generally produced the same results. Police were rarely seen and, with the exception of Miami, never confronted the journalists from FLORIDA TODAY news partner The News-Press of Fort Myers.

Of five airport perimeters investigated by The News-Press, only at Miami International did authorities respond.

I hate these stories, simply because they’re sensationalized. Hey, I can go lurk around the Dubuque airport and I bet security will never stop me. And it’s just because his golf cart’s batteries will expire before he even gets to me in my lawn chair!

I remember stories like these after 9/11. One in particular sticks out. A reporter was standing on top of the Brooklyn Bridge and was talking about how there wasn’t any security there and how terrorists could disrupt the lifeline between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In a similar fashion, John Kerry was complaining about port security and how there’s nobody inspecting all the cargo containers coming off the ships. Or how having a UAE company “own” some of our seaports suddenly means Al Queda has a surfire method of entering the country.

The truth of the matter: there is no way to reasonably secure every single point of entry in this country. There are ways to make the border more secure (a border wall comes to mind). But if we were to seriously attempt to secure all the area around every airport, or secure every port, or search every package that enters this country, or force every passenger to undergo an invasive wand-screening on an airplane– you’ll discover that there’s not enough manpower. There’s nowhere near enough manpower. Can you imagine the drain on the NYPD if they were to station 12 men on every bridge around the city 24 hours a day? And even then we’d have some reporter talking about how there’s only 12 uniformed officers on each bridge.

It’s the same with the airport. Security personell are searching bags, searching passengers, checking your ticket three times, scanning your shoes, wanding old ladies, making sure you don’t stop in the loading zone to go see if Aunt Sally is at baggage claim, and finally, cruise the perimiter of the airports looking for reporters acting sneaky.

The take home message is that these types of stories do two things: make local politicians promise more money to “make you safe” (which means higher taxes and greater intrusion at points of entry) and highlight potential targets to terrorists.

If I was a sleeper cell and I knew 9/11 was going to happen, I’d be recording every single newscast from every major city one month after the attacks. At that point, I’d have a comprehensive list of every major target in the US and how well it’s guarded. News stories exposing these weaknesses just scare air travellers, rile politicians, get secuirty people fired, and give ideas to terrorists.

Is there anything in that list that’s a good idea?

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