NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, November 19, 2010

TSA "Security" Posted by Sean @ 14:13 GMT

I've been dealing with a virus this week. NOT a computer virus… but rather, a common cold. Concentration has been a bit difficult, so I have spent much my time catching up on and reading through my news feeds.

Among those that I follow via my Twitter account, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new security procedures. Those that wish to opt-out of full body scanner technology must submit to an enhanced patdown.

Bruce Schneier blogged an extensive list of links and observations today.

Here's a quote:

Some experts argue the new procedures could make passengers uncomfortable without providing a substantial increase in security. "Security measures that just force the bad guys to change tactics and targets are a waste of money," said Bruce Schneier, a security expert who works for British Telecom. "It would be better to put that money into investigations and intelligence."

Schneier's post (and related links) is well worth reading if you have the time.

And perhaps it's just me, but the more that I read about TSA procedures, and the alleged bad behavior of some TSA agents, the more I reflect upon the Stanford Prison Experiments.

Wishing you all safer skies,