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Security Theater: A New Show Opens In Detroit

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Bruce Schneier, my favorite writer on matters of anti-terrorist security, responds to the latest fizzled airline bombing and the government's regulatory reaction:

what sort of magical thinking is behind the rumored TSA rule about keeping passengers seated during the last hour of flight? Do we really think the terrorist won't think of blowing up their improvised explosive devices during the first hour of flight?

For years I've been saying this:

Only two things have made flying safer [since 9/11]: the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers.

This week, the second one worked over Detroit. Security succeeded.

Jim Harper, Roderick Long, and Randy Barnett have reactions worth reading as well.