Remove Your Shoes, Please…

Could be the seat next to you

Richard Reid tried to destroy an airliner… with a bomb hidden in his shoe.  December 22, 2001 could have continued the national nightmare begun on 9/11.  Brave members of the flight crew and passengers from American Airlines flight 63 subdued (and forcibly sedated) Reid, preventing disaster.  Reid, a self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda operative, tried to light a crude explosive device smuggled in his shoe.  American authorities were able to link the plot to  Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the mastermind of 9/11.

Lessons learned from 9/11

 

The busy travel season brings out the worst… in  holiday travellers.  Much of the scorn is directed at the TSA and the seemingly ridiculous series of security checks which must be navigated.   In 2012, removing shoes is one of the most ridiculed of the security measures.  December 22, 2001 and Richard Reid have faded from our collective memory.  Perhaps a bit of remembrance will remind us all that a minor inconvenience like removing shoes is worth the trouble.

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6 responses to “Remove Your Shoes, Please…

  1. Why would removing your shoes be acceptable when TSA has refused to remove illegal weapons because in their words “it is not part of what they are required to do!” Perhaps people should question a little more on what they deem to be dangerous, instead of just accepting the trouble. I say this as someone who doesn’t fly but I do see TSA increasing their scope of operations to trains, buses, interstate highways and private cars, to even schools and football games. And I seriously wonder if they are more interested in harrassing the American people and less interested in actually catching and preventing terrorists from doing harm to us. That is unless they consider the elderly, disabled, and children terrorist. What is their limit? How much should they be allowed to do?

    • AMTRAK does need some more security. Trust me, I got a 1857 field officer’s sword on board a train this summer. A clever terrorist could do much more, I fear. We can’t always count on passengers being brave like the ones on flight 63. And, we cannot accept hundreds dying on mass transit for the sake of a rhetorical notion such as freedom.

      • Statistically you are more likely to be killed by lightening than by a terrorist attack. Are you going to stay indoors away from electrical outlets in order to prevent yourself from being killed by lightening? Then why give up all your rights for someone else to protect you that has already shown that they can neither keep you from being killed nor is really interested in doing so?

      • Arguing that the security measures that allowed Atta and his gangs onto planes is preferable to what exists now is silly. The system needs reform, but there needs to be a system.

      • Perhaps you are right to a degree, but perhaps it would also be better handled by the airlines themselves than it would by the government. The government seems more interested in controlling people that it does in securing the borders, transportation or any other thing. At the very least if the airlines did their own security, you know they would be interested in securing their property!

  2. I am glad for posts like this one.

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