I’m no road warrior, but I travel enough that I have more than a passing interesting in airport security. The reasons are endless: Shoes never killed anyone on a plane. Three ounces of liquid is no more/less dangerous than four. I will probably die of cancer or perhaps a car crash even if I fly every day for the rest of my life. My peanut butter fudge did not need to be scanned for explosives. American babies aren’t going to have bombs on them. They just aren’t.
Nate Silver, who I follow obsessively around major elections, is a statistician who calculated the odds of you dying in airline-related terrorism at 1 in 10,408,947. You are significantly more likely to be struck by lightning, drown in the bathtub or have your plane fall nose-first to the Earth due to pilot error. It is more likely that you will kill yourself.
The best bit about this nonsense I have read lately came from the Wall Street Journal. It’s worth a read for a few thought-provoking ideas such as comparing the failure of the war on terrorism to the war on drugs (neither is winnable) and pointing out that if this really is all about saving Americans lives, why not lower speed limits to decrease auto-related deaths or ban guns to prevent murders – both of which would have a far greater impact than forcing you to remove your shoes to prove you don’t have a bomb underneath them… that never went off.