The War on T-Shirts
London Heathrow security stopped someone from boarding a plane for wearing a Transformers T-shirt showing a cartoon gun.
It’s easy to laugh and move on. How stupid can these people be, we wonder. But there’s a more important security lesson here. Security screening is hard, and every false threat the screeners watch out for make it more likely that real threats slip through. At a party the other night, someone told me about the time he accidentally brought a large knife through airport security. The screener pulled his bag aside, searched it, and pulled out a water bottle.
It’s not just the water bottles and the t-shirts and the gun jewelry—this kind of thing actually makes us all less safe.
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