Security Weekly

The Sad State Of Airline Security

So, as many of you know, the Security Weekly crew will be traveling to Las Vegas in the coming weeks to do our live show. We have some equipment and promotional items to bring and we wanted to be certain that we would make it through security. So, we did some research. What we found on TSA’s Permitted and Prohibited Items List exemplifies how ineffective our airline security measures are, and just how freaking stupid it all is:

  • Be certain to leave those “Shampoos and conditioners” in your checked baggage, but feel free to take your 12″ “Knitting and Crochet Needles”.
  • For all those who suffer from chapped lips leave your “Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex” but feel free to take your “Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)”
  • For those camping be certain not to put “Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents” in your carry-on, but feel free to take your “Cigar Cutters”.
  • Hope you don’t get stuck for too long at the airport because you carry-on needs to be free of “Mouthwash” and “Toothpaste”. Good thing we can still bring that bottle of wine and “Corkscrews”.

Bruce Schneier has some of the best commentary in his blog posting titled “More Than 10 Ways to Avoid the Next 9/11“. In it he writes:

Rather than spending money on airline security, or sports stadium security — measures that require us to guess the plot correctly in order to be effective — we’re better off spending money on measures that are effective regardless of the plot. Intelligence and investigation have kept us safe from terrorism in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.

I couldn’t agree more.
For more airline entertainment, check out this article at The Onion.
Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is the founder of Security Weekly, which was acquired by CyberRisk Alliance. Paul spent time “in the trenches” implementing security programs for a lottery company and then a large university. Paul is offensive, having spent several years as a penetration tester. As Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security, Paul built a library of materials on the topic of vulnerability management. When not hacking together embedded systems (or just plain hacking them) or coding silly projects in Python, Paul can be found researching his next set of headphones.

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