Electronics and Airport Security

20 07 2007

Another blog has an interesting post detailing an encouter with airport security while carrying some home-made electronics, with some interesting observations at the end:

But these are the times we live in. A handful of people with no knowledge of physics, engineering, or pyrotechnics are responsible for determining what is and what is not safe to bring on a plane. They’re paid minimum wage and told to panic if they see something they don’t recognize. Does this make me feel safer? It doesn’t really matter. Implementing real security would bring the cost of flying up, which would likely cause a collapse of the airborne transportation network this country has worked so hard to build up.

This is the sort of thing I’m always mildly concerned I’ll have to deal with when I fly with my big bag of electronics and AC adapters – which is why I always arrive a couple hours before departure time.