Going on a Holiday by Mistake
Posted by rantingkraut on August 16, 2006
In Aviation, the law of diminishing marginal returns seems to manifest itself as the law of diminishing marginal security. Whatever the guys at lewrockwell.com might think, banning firearms from carry on luggage possibly improved aviation security and scanning luggage for guns and machetes will have made a further contribution. I am prepared to believe that excluding knifes led to some modest safety gains, but I do have my doubts about the importance of outlawing such dangerous items as toothpicks and nail-clips.
There comes a point when ever more laborious check-in rituals consume disproportionate amounts of time and other resources, while failing to improve overall control of the boarding process. And just in case anyone missed the point, we recently had an enterprising brat to remind us:
“An airline boss has admitted to “multiple failures” after a boy managed to board one of its planes without tickets during the security alert. The 12-year-old, believed to be from Penrith in Cumbria, was found on Monday’s 0600 BST Monarch flight from Gatwick Airport before it took off.”
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