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Feb. 17th, 2008 | 11:31 am

When the guys says "You can not take your backpack"

And you think "That bag has flown over 400K miles and never been checked in!"

You say "Oh sure, no problem!"

It also means you walk out onto the tarmac to identify the bag before they will put it in the hold.

X-Ray machine?

Hand scanner. They found my spare key in my wallet. No one has ever noticed that.

My laptop? Checked battery, and power up.

Same for my Video iPod.

But you know what?

I didn't have to take my shoes off....

Oh, and they did not care about my portable screwdriver in my bag (which has only been found once in six year, and that was by the French).

The guards were all nice, and carrying armed weapons. And you know? It did not make me worried at all.

Time through security? 15 minutes at most, including re-checking my backpack.

Now ask yourselves, how many things the TSA could learn from the Kashmir security forces?

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from: burtonator
date: Feb. 17th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)

The TSA doesn't provide much security.

It's about security theatre. Their goal is to make Americans FEEL safe which ironically is VERY dangerous.

You tend to let your guard down when you feel safe.

So basically the TSA is helping the terrorists. Thanks guys!


... is my favorite post on the TSA :)


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from: krow
date: Feb. 18th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)

In Kashmir they have tanks surrounding the airport, and machine guns lining the walls.

Do they check ID's? One guy did a brief look at mine while I was going through the line. You did not get a feeling that he cared a lot about it.

When you walked up to the wand guy you walked up a couple of stairs. If they did something like that at the gates then you would not need to take your shoes off (though not friendly to handicap passengers, but people in wheelchairs require special attention anyway).

The big difference is that they have a real and ongoing threat, while we have a much lower threat level. They have to be effective.

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from: awfief
date: Feb. 18th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)

Ever flown El Al? Best. Security. Evar.

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from: woggie
date: Feb. 18th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)

Sweetie wants to know how many people there were going in with you. Maybe that might have something to do with your 15 minute security check?

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from: krow
date: Feb. 18th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)

Just me and a Swede. Our experience looked pretty similar to others who were flying through the airport.

Oh, and we had one way tickets that were bought in cash :)

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