The Corner

Re: TSA Wrong to End ‘Nude’ Scanners

Wesley, will all due respect, I have to disagree. American airport security has degenerated into an embarrassing farce of security theater. Every time I go through it I feel like I’m genuflecting in tribute to al-Qaeda. I don’t see what more al-Qaeda could have hoped for than to force hundreds of millions of Americans — including old grannies from northern Wisconsin whom any idiot can see pose no security threat — to suffer the indignity of removing their shoes and belts; leaving their water bottles and tooth paste behind, and undergoing groping amounting to sexual assault; all in addition to being forced to “strip nude” in front of those sci-fi horror-show scanners. The Obama administration won’t do a lot of the surveillance that would actually identify the people who pose a security threat, but that is the only way to protect Americans in the sky.

Presuming that every bottle of liquids above 3.2 ounces will explode in flight is a farcical security measure that should not make anyone feel safer. Hopefully, ditching the sci-fi horror-show x-ray scanners is only the start of TSA’s long road back to rationality and respect for the basic dignity of innocent Americans. 

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.


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