instapundit (as usual) gets it
InstaPundit's Glenn Reynolds has a superb column in which he decries one of the most egregious failures of the so-called War on Terrorism: The fact that stupid harrassment in the name of security hardly makes air travel safer, but is merely a show designed to make us feel safer on the grounds that all this hassle must be accomplishing something. But it isn't--take this Aug. 25 example (via FARK) of a woman who carried a .357 onto an airliner in her carry-on. Worse, Americans aren't buying it and are voting with their feet--er, wheels--to the inevitable detriment of the airlien industry.
Count me in, buddy. We visit my mother's family in New Orleans each Thanksgiving, and this year we're driving. All the way from Indianapolis, 12 glorious hours. Until last year, the expense and discomfort of a flight was balanced by the quicker trip--but this year, we're looking at eight, maybe 10 hours for all the "security." In the immortal words of Edmon Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, No, thank you! No, I thank you! And again, I thank you!
Update: The supervisor of security at the Atlanta airport who hand-searched a woman's carry-on and yet missed a .357 pistol has been canned.