Huh – The ultra intense wave of paranoia that’s gripped the TSA for the last several years seems to be receding. The philosophy of “treat everyone as a terrorist” is apparently being abandoned in favour of something far more reasonable.
But late last month, at the Aspen Security Forum, TSA chief John Pistole opened his mouth — and Schneier’s words came tumbling out. Pistole said it was high time to “recognize that the vast majority of people traveling every day are not terrorists.” To “try to apply some more common sense to the process,” even.
Forget patting down kids and telling people with top secret security clearances to take off their shoes. “I think we can do a different way of screening children that recognizes that, in the very high likelihood, they do not have a bomb on them,” he said.
Besides, he added, “the best layer of security we have … is intelligence.”
BUH-WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA????? *blink, blink*
I’m cautiously optimistic that this kind of thing will actually lead to the TSA looking like an competent entity VS well this…
There’s mention of a “trusted” traveller idea that I’m not all that struck on, seems like it presents an easily exploitable vector, however, the devil’s in the details – frankly, I’m just happy to see some sanity being brought to the realm of airport security.