Our (and Europe's) ridiculous airport security measures and our incompetent intel gathering is still tinged with political correctness and knee-jerk reactions after every terrorist attempt. This is why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed to board Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit in Amsterdam and attempt to blow it up and murder 300 people.
In this regard we in the U.S. have much to learn from Israel.
Israel airport security is simple and sensible. They do not greatly inconvenience passengers--unlike removing shoes, not allowing more than 3 oz. of liquids, or threatening to physically patting down every person attempting to board -- instead, they ask questions and watch your response , before you've even parked your car or gotten off your bus.
We in the U.S. shudder at the thought of "racial profiling?" This is what Rafi Sela, president of AR Challenges who has worked globally with airports, thinks of profiling in general:
"The word 'profiling' is a political invention by people who don't want to do security," he said. "To us, it doesn't matter if he's black, white, young or old. It's just his behaviour. So what kind of privacy am I really stepping on when I'm doing this?"After going through five levels of security checks while approaching and entering Ben-Gurion airport, you then arrive at the body and hand-luggage check (which is the only one U.S. airports do). And the Israelis do it right:
"...But here it is done completely, absolutely 180 degrees differently than it is done in North America," Sela said.
"First, it's fast — there's almost no line. That's because they're not looking for liquids, they're not looking at your shoes. They're not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you," said Sela. "Even today with the heightened security in North America, they will check your items to death. But they will never look at you, at how you behave. They will never look into your eyes ... and that's how you figure out the bad guys from the good guys."Read the entire article here, and tell our President Barak Hussein O-bomber who said in his campaign "it's time for change" to make these security changes now, or be held responsible for the next attack on the nation he pledged to protect.
Take note, America; the next terrorist attempt to blow up your plane is only a flight away. . .