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Smuggling Liquids on to Airplanes

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John Hargrave of shows how to get those dangerous liquids on to planes. The secret? Wait for TSA to throw them in the trash on the other side of the gate and then forget about it. Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing has a great anlaysis:

The reason this “smuggling” technique works, of course, is that liquids aren’t dangerous. Everyone knows this — even the TSA. That’s why they don’t guard the barrel after they confiscate your wine, water, and salad-dressing. The point of taking away your liquid isn’t to make airplanes safe, it’s to simultaneously make you afraid (of terrorists with magic water-bombs) and then make you feel safe (because the government is fighting off the magic water-bombs). It’s what Bruce Schneier calls “security theater.”



Written by Scott

July 12, 2007 at 6:32 am

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