So why the fuck did they just make it mandatory to run your shoes through the x-ray machines at the airport? If that’s not enough to piss you off then consider that the report in question was released over a year ago yet most machines haven’t been upgraded:
In its April 2005 report, “Systems Engineering Study of Civil Aviation Security — Phase I,” the Homeland Security Department concluded that images on X-ray machines don’t provide the information necessary to detect explosives.
Machines used at most airports to scan hand-held luggage, purses, briefcases and shoes have not been upgraded to detect explosives since the report was issued.
The more I read up on the security measures that have been put into place the more apparent it becomes that there’s a lot of shit we’re being asked to do that does absolutely nothing to make us any safer when flying. I mentioned over on ***Dave’s blog that flying has become such a pain in the ass at this point that it’s become an option of last resort in my book when I don’t have any other choice, which is a shame because I love to fly and back when I was going to anime conventions it was my preferred method of getting to them. Maybe they can make flying enough of a pain in the ass that most folks will stop flying and then we won’t have to worry about the terrorists blowing up the planes.
That’s one solution I suppose. Not the one I’d choose, but this is the Bush Administration we’re talking about.