Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Airline security in Britain has had a brilliant idea: focus efforts on those likely to be actual security risks:
THE Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk.

The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously, have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background....

Sir Rod Eddington, former chief executive of British Airways, criticised the random nature of security searches. He said that it was irrational to subject a 75-year-old grandmother to the same checks as a 25-year-old man who had just paid for his ticket with cash.

Ya think?

I realize this falls outside the usual parameters of topics on theosebes, but after being in 17 different airports this year and watching guys who obviously are low risk being singled out for extra screening (including me), it's about time airports actually do the job of security and forget about affirmative action and quotas.

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