If you haven’t heard about the debacle of TSA, John Tyner refused the TSA’s backscatter x-ray machine screen. If you do refuse to do these machine test then they do a thorough pat-down. In the past pat-downs would exclude groin/private areas, now however the security agents have been instructed to go “until there is resistance” meaning they will be touching your groin and other private areas. John Tyner refused the more intimate pat-down saying he would be willing to a non-invasive pat-down and a walk through the metal detector. It goes on and on, now the TSA has filed a civil suit (up to 10K) against Mr. Tyner for refusing the security check and then leaving the airport; if he can’t get on the flight what else is he supposed to do? (Not to mention he was escorted out.) There has been tremendous coverage of it, here is an article, and in this article and video the TSA pats down a 3 year old.
I bring this up because in talking to my husband he brought my attention to this article about Israelification of airports which I have to say is A-MAZING! They have a common-sense approach to security including looking people in the eye and asking them simple questions like, “How are you?” “Where are you flying today?” They do behavior analysis of people coming into the airport. Why aren’t we doing this? The way Isrealis do airport security is seamless and their goal is to always get people from their car to their terminal in 25 minutes. Who doesn’t want that? In the US if a terrorist got a bomb to the “security check” at the check-in desk (which isn’t hard) they would evacuate the entire airport, in Israel if someone were to get by the previous security checks and questions and a bomb were found they put the bomb in a “bomb box” that can take a blast of over 200 lbs of explosives and only a few dozen employees would need evacuated from the area.
” ‘Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don’t take s— from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, ‘We’re not going to do this. You’re going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.’
That, in a nutshell is ‘Israelification’ – a system that protects life and limb without annoying you to death.”
I feel that people make things so much harder than they need to be. I hope that the US government and the airports around the country will go for simplification. Look at how other people have done things, and see what works. This is truly amazing and I would rather do a radical (better) change of the airport security than allow people to do invasive scans of my body (and my children) and pat-downs. We don’t have to give up our liberty and freedom to fly.