Yet another example of how our right to not be searched without a court order are being violated without any benefit:
CBS4) DENVER Nearly 5 years after Sept. 11, 2001, how difficult would it be for terrorists to get explosives aboard a plane? With billions being spent on airport security, one would hope it would be nearly impossible. But what CBS4 found may have you questioning whether we are really safer.
CBS4 demonstrated 3 years ago how explosive chemicals placed on luggage, a computer and a person could pass through security. The CBS4 Investigates wanted to see what, if anything, has changed. CBS4 began the test by purchasing those same explosive chemicals.
After this, the CBS4 team placed even more of the chemicals on the bag. Investigators also packed a lead-lined sack designed to protect film from X-rays. Then an electronic object was placed beneath it. This was to see if security would open the luggage to see what the lead bag was hiding.
The team then went to Denver International Airport.
A CBS4 employee who carried the bag with her purchased a one way ticket in hopes of being placed in the security line for extra screening. She was not.
The bag was placed on the conveyor and passed through the X-ray machine. The Transportation Security Administration screener spotted the lead-lined bag and wanted a second look. They let it through. They did not open it to see what was beneath the lead lined bag. And no one seemed to notice all that powder.
From watching the video I’m pretty sure I know what powdered chemical they used for the tests. If I am correct there is no way the explosive detectors can flag it as dangerous without generating false positives on a very high percentage of the passengers. It’s an unsolvable problem with the current paradigm. If people wish to increase security, rather than just make some people feel good, they need to switch paradigms. Here are my suggestions for increasing airplane security.