No matter what the government tells you, you will never be “safe” from security threats on commercial airliners. The word “safe” implies certainty, certainty that you will never be exposed to a security issue. The TSA missed a few boxcutters last weekend as a reminder to us that we’ll never be 100 percent safe.
In reality, we are generally very safe flying on commercial airlines. Airline security, driving a car, riding in a school bus and swimming in a pool are all subject to something akin to the law of diminishing returns. Let me explain.
If you drive your kids to school in a car, they are very safe during the ride. Could the ride be safer? Certainly, you could put the kids in NASCAR-type vehicles with five point belts, fire-retardant suits, helmets and HANS devices for everyone and they would be “more” safe, yet the additional cost to do so is not considered reasonable.
We’re up against the same diminishing returns when it comes to airline security. We are very safe when we fly and everyone understands that. Security has it’s place, but last year we ran up to what could be described as a tipping point. The additional security – in the opinion of many travelers – added no additional measure of safety in return for a lot more inconvenience.
Back to the TSA screw up highlighted in the New York Post.
The incident happened at around 10 p.m. Saturday as factory worker Eusebio D. Peraltalajara, 45, of Jersey City waltzed past the screeners on his way to a Dominican Republic-bound flight, the sources said.
Agent Ahmir Wilkerson, supervisor Anthony DeJesus and at least one other screener allowed his carry-on luggage — with the boxcutters with razor blades — to pass through the X-ray machine, police sources said.
Once aboard Santiago-bound Flight 837, flight attendant Fausto Penaloda, 40, asked him to stow his luggage in the overhead storage bin.
As Peraltalajara’s shoved it into the compartment, Penaloda saw the boxcutters fall out of the bag, according to a police report.