Schneier on Security: Possibly the Most Incompetent TSA Story Yet

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The storyline:

TSA screener finds two pipes in passenger’s bags.

Screener determines that they’re not a threat.

Screener confiscates them anyway, because of their “material and appearance.”

Because they’re not actually a threat, screener leaves them at the checkpoint.

Everyone forgets about them.

Six hours later, the next shift of TSA screeners notices the pipes and — not being able to explain how they got there and, presumably, because of their “material and appearance” — calls the police bomb squad to remove the pipes.

TSA does not evacuate the airport, or even close the checkpoint, because — well, we don’t know why.

via Schneier on Security: Possibly the Most Incompetent TSA Story Yet.

But I’ll say it anyway: security theater that makes no one safer, but only gets us used to government abuse.

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