Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Flying safely

As long as I'm back, an item from the news.

Anne Applebaum writes what everyone already knows about the TSA, America's federal airport security bureaucracy: It's expensive, implements silly and useless procedures, and provides no better security than the private screeners which preceded its establishment.

She overlooks the greatest absurdity, though: After TSA confiscates your toenail clippers and nail files, you board the plane and are served dinner. There, you receive a handy set of stainless steel flatware: Spoon, fork and knife. Hey, at least it's not something dangerous like a toenail clipper.

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