Preventing Terrorist Attacks: A Modest Proposal


Want to cut down on the chances that another undy-bomber will be able to attack a U.S.-bound passenger plane? Want to avoid the embarrassment of having a “systemic failure” of your airline security by allowing would-be terrorists onto U.S. jets in the first place? Here’s a simple solution.

Since Yemen seems to be today’s big threat and the next battlefield in this war, anyone from Yemen — or whose passport shows they have visited Yemen — who wishes to board a plane to the U.S. has two choices: be subject to a thorough strip and body cavity search before being allowed on, or turn around and leave, with the caveat that your name will then promptly be added to the no-fly list.

Once that is up and running smoothly, we can add other countries to the “strip or skip” list as needed.

It may not answer all issues, but it’s easy to implement, requires no new technology, requires no extra training, and could be an immediate deterrent.

Or, you could just blame Bush.


5 Responses to Preventing Terrorist Attacks: A Modest Proposal

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  2. Dave B says:

    I’ve had a crazy idea for a long time, so crazy… it might just work. Let’s start paying attention to Middle Eastern Muslim males between the ages of 18 and 30 YOA, similar to 100 percent of all the ones that have already caused us harm or have tried to cause us harm and let’s stop playing the “pc” game that wastes manpower, time, money, and effort. The repetition of doing searches that turn up nothing is dulling the senses of the checkers and making them sloppy.

    • Stoutcat says:

      Why Dave B, that’s so crazy it just might work!!!

      Along with that, we could screen passengers the way the Israelis do; that is, look for actual terrorists, not just the tools.

  3. Tom says:

    Come on Stoutcat and Dave B, these ideas will never catch on because they are “easy to implement, requires no new technology, requires no extra training, and could be an immediate deterrent.” Now class , we must keep in mind that the policies and procedures of our esteemed HSA are not, repeat not intended to actually protect us from terrorists. They are merely a means to an end , namely to provide lifetime jobs without incurring the wrath of any special interest groups (read terrorist support groups)nor violating any politically correct guidelines. Much like the “war on drugs”, the “war on terror” isn’t a war. It is a reason for the existence of more bureaucracy. As such, it fits in nicely with the basic ideology of those who gravitate to government jobs and political office. Just look at the quintillions of dollars they get to spend in the name of protecting us. We must be more thankful. They mean so well, after all.

  4. Ben Wieder says:

    This isn’t just a “PC” argument about basic freedoms. It’s about an enemy that is constantly changing course. Let’s assume that we implement this theoretical plan and we start searching all people from Yemen. Great, we’ll stop the Yemenis. Flash forward two months from now, somewhere in London we have a rouge cell that’s maybe planning an attack on US soil. Since we’re focusing on people from Yemen, we miss the people from the UK. And unless we want 3 hour security lines at all airports, we simply cannot search all people from all nations that potentially pose a threat. It’s sort of like radar guns and radar detectors. First there were radar guns, then radar detectors, then laser guns, etc, etc. It just goes on and on and the enemy doesn’t sit still. I understand the simple logic of this plan, but it’s a short term patch and not a long term solution.

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