One of the top thinkers in security – Bruce Schneier – interviews Kip Hawley, head of the Transportation Safety Administration. Kip Hawley, who is less than popular with thinking travelers, gives us special insight into TSA wisdom:
So what would the justification be for prohibiting lip gloss, nasal spray, etc? There was none, other than for our own convenience and the sake of a simple explanation.
Well, I sure am glad that the TSA wasn’t inconvenienced. Lord, can you imagine the stress of inconvenience, in an airport? It gets better. In response to Schneier asking Hawley why, if our liquids are so dangerous, they’re thrown into a giant barrel in the middle of the security area, Hawley tells us:
If the TSO throws your liquids in the trash, they don’t find you a threat.