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The myth of airport security

19/12/2015

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I’ve been through a lot of airports (domestic and international) since the events of 11 September 2001. Yet, despite mainstream news reports of aircraft falling out of the sky and false-flag events, airlines continue to fill their aircraft to the gunwales. It is clear that passengers are only minimally deterred by the fabricated violence. How is that possible?

At any moment, thousands of passengers are standing around wielding an array of shopping bags, electronics, and cabin-luggage, to be herded through an agricultural-like maze to be processed by security, immigration, customs and other personnel operating costly equipment, to reach the departure gate for the further checks. The checks are endless. Ask any transit passenger. You would think that this is an explosive recipe for dread and despair. It appears not so. I have heard few passengers complain of the delays, intrusions, the enormous costs (equipment and staff) funded by tax payers, the inconvenience, and so on. Of course, it is not politically correct to complain and make a fuss or make light where security matters are concerned.

This show-boat airport security is designed to make people feel safe. That is it. That is the truth: make the masses feel safe. I don’t know of any incident when a terrorist was ever actually spotted or apprehended by such security procedures. Let’s face reality. What do you see when you enter any airport terminal: teaming masses of people attempting to make sense of that alien space and its procedures. Surely, this is where people are potentially truly vulnerable to acts of terrorism. They are either unaware of this reality or in a state of denial. I always shudder when entering such a space. Again, I don’t know of any such incident.

Yet, there are travellers who switched to driving to reach their destinations for reasons of fear, inconvenience or what ever the case may be. This adds to road congestion, premature deaths and injuries. 

I conclude that scare-mongering has been honed to a fine art by the mainstream media. H.L. Mencken nailed it,

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.


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