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July 4, 2008
Time Bomb Neckties
Not recommended to wear at the airport.
Posted on July 4, 2008 at 2:18 PM
• 11 Comments
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Well, the bomb is just on the rear side -- the front features a vintage clock. Is airport screening gone so far that they check the reverse side of your tie?
A tie is a deadly weapon. And you're completely screwed if you have, in addition to the tie, a camera. Throw in the shoes, and that's the triplent of EVIL, I tell you. Quick, you must be stopped.
If I can't wear a necktie of my choosing, the terrorists have already won. ;-)
I flew for the first time in a long while and was bumped up to business class. I was shocked to discover that while I couldn't bring any sort of 'cutting utensil' (knife, blade, etc) I was given a knife to cut the food provided. If I was a terrorist and wanted a weapon, all i would have to do is fly business or first class!
Nick is right. Spend top dollar and people bend over backwards to accomodate you. Terrorism could go upscale and poor us. Ads tell us how the rich should be treated better, so we'll have pampered terrorists.
The days of terrorists flying coach are behind us. They have knives in first class.
Coach seats are safer then? Nope, the people in coach only get plastic sporks.
Get a grip. You're buying into the security theater. The business-class knives are not dangerous.
Besides, considering that TSA misses about half the weapons introduced for testing, odds are good there will be several people in coach who have knives at least as dangerous as your business-class.
Seems to me wearing would be ok, since the walk-through detectors wouldn't pick anything up and the front-side print is just a clock.
Packing it into your luggage would be a different story if the xray could somehow detect the back-side print/design.
I think they should just give all adult passengers a large steak knife with their meal.
Then any terrorist trying to hijack the plane better be prepared to defend himself against twenty angry, knife-wielding citizens.
...but, it would never happen, because its safer to treat everyone like untrustworthy children and pretend the government can protect EVERYONE instead of raising people who are responsible and willing and able enough to protect themselves.
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