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Strong opinion on effectiveness of TSA screening

You may have heard enough about the TSA's new passenger screening techniques, given the way so much of the media seemed to have nothing else to focus on last week. But one of the more outspoken (and highly knowledgeable) aviation consultants, Mike Boyd, went to great lengths on his Boyd Group International Web site yesterday to chastise the government agency for being worried about the wrong things. As I've mentioned in posts before, isn't much of our airport "security" an effort to deal with failed efforts by would-be terrorists in the past (shoe and underwear bombers) and less about anticipating what might be tried next? Find Mr. Boyd's colorful and intelligent ranting at this link.

Strong opinion on effectiveness of TSA screening

You may have heard enough about the TSA's new passenger screening techniques, given the way so much of the media seemed to have nothing else to focus on last week. But one of the more outspoken (and highly knowledgeable) aviation consultants, Mike Boyd, went to great lengths on his Boyd Group International Web site yesterday to chastise the government agency for being worried about the wrong things. As I've mentioned in posts before, isn't much of our airport "security" an effort to deal with failed efforts by would-be terrorists in the past (shoe and underwear bombers) and less about anticipating what might be tried next? Find Mr. Boyd's colorful and intelligent ranting at this link.

In another development, frequent business travelers who voluntarily provide their opinions on many topics to USA Today don't like the techniques either. More on that can be found here.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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