Thursday, November 25, 2010

If I Were a Terrorist ...

a) I wouldn't try to get on a plane as a passenger.  b) I would try to get a job as a baggage handler or aircraft technician, embed myself for years if necessary until my supervisors were lulled into complacency, and then carry out my heinous crime.  Of course we all assume that airport workers are screened, background-checked and searched to the same degree that we sheeple are, but is that true?  Do you ever hear about security measures aimed at airport workers?  I don't.  Hey, what's in that lunchbox?  (In Canada it almost seems like you have to be an immigrant from a terrorist nation to work at airport security in the first place, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt - it's probably because the wages are low and/or there's a need for security staff to speak a variety of languages.)  And what about the supervisors themselves?  And the cargo down there in the luggage hold?  Banning photocopier toner cartridges is a laughable response to the bomb threats of last month.  Are we going to ban items one at a time as they become terrorist bomb vehicles?  What's next, banning Barbie dolls?  The official response, of course, is that airport security measures are classified - otherwise terrorists would devise ways to circumvent them - but when bomb-laden toner cartridges get as far as they did last month one really has to wonder about security measures beyond the gangway.  Baa, baa.