While getting patted down by an admittedly very polite TSA officer, I had to listen to the TSA officer patting down the guy next to me go on and on very sanctimoniously about how we passengers are unqualified to have opinions on airport security procedures because we’d be talking about something we “know nothing about.”
It took every ounce of self-control not to speak up and say that 1) I read experts like Bruce Schneier, who most certainly do know what they’re talking about, and their general opinion is that TSA policies are dumb as bricks, 2) part of this reading has included extensive evaluations about how ineffective the TSA is at stopping any potential terrorist attacks, and 3) I happen to have read statistics on things like the body scanners and how many people avoid the TSA in favor of ground transportation and also the numbers on, y’know, terrorism, and the TSA kills way more people than terrorists do, so this mathematician says in your face!
Anyway, it was really, really hard not to say all this, guys! In fact, if the guy had been talking to me, I don’t think I would have been able to resist. (And I’d probably be stuck in a small room right now being interrogated and missing my flight.)
Don’t I have spectacular self-control this morning?