Airport security vs. antivirus security
Written by Rob Rosenberger, 11/1/2000
LET'S SUPPOSE AIRPORT security works like antivirus security -- and let's suppose a terrorist wants to hijack an aircraft bound for the U.S.
He shouts anti-American rhetoric as he approaches the X-ray machine. The airport security team doesn't notice. They ask to see his passport, which identifies him as "Bin saden Olama." A database search turns up blank. The name matches no known terrorist.
The terrorist places a package on the conveyor. It has "BOMB" written all over it, but the security guards don't look. They don't even look at the X-ray image. A bomb-sniffing dog snoozes nearby. Our guy boards the aircraft and pays $4 for a mixed drink. The plane takes off.
Boom! Rescue ships follow a trail of seat cushion flotation devices.
So. Who gets blamed?
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