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two years of this nonsense

Today makes two years since the terrorist threats against flights coming from the UK to the US. As my poor sister had to endure the nightmares of both Gatwick and Heathrow on that day (and "got" to fly to Dallas with nothing in her hands but her passport and credit cards in a ziplock baggie), believe you me, I think fighting terrorists is important.

But those attacks led to the TSA's ban on liquids on flights, which is not only ridiculous, but also a waste of time, effort, and resources. I remain unconvinced that confiscating hand lotion from little old ladies is an effective counter-terrorism strategy, and hope that the next president will direct American taxpayer resources towards activities that actually catch people who are up to no good, rather than inconveniencing travelers with an ineffective security charade.


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