Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Best Line of Defense


In the aftermath of the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack, there has been a flurry of articles and blog posts criticizing TSA (and various other government agencies). This one confirmed what I've long suspected: "What this, Flight 93, and the Richard Reid incident have shown us is that the best line of defense against airplane-based terrorism is us. Alert, aware, informed passengers."

That, in turn, got me thinking. Why not do away with the hassle of TSA screening by simply having all passengers sign the following statement before they fly?

So long as I live, I will make every effort to ensure that no terrorist hijacks or harms the aircraft on which I fly.

Given that TSA has an annual budget of nearly $7 billion (and likely to rise), this would be a great way to save money as well.
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