Nov 112008

Why Do I Have to Be Frisked to Go to an NFL Game?

Why Do I Have to Be Frisked to Go to an NFL Game?

 

I am freaked out about terrorism as much as the next person, but our obsession with security has gone too far.  Some of the airport-related security is dumb enough — I can’t hijack a plane with my shampoo any more — but at least there’s some logic to the general premise.

 

But the major pat-down I got last weekend when I went to see the Chargers beat the Chiefs was just silly.  It certainly didn’t make me feel more secure sitting in the stadium.  It wouldn’t have even occurred to me to feel insecure in the first place. 

 

The experience reminded me of all the medium-security office buildings in New York City.  What does signing-in really do for the building’s safety?  If you want to x-ray people and their bags on the way in, fine.  But a quick visual scan of my drivers’ license and asking me to write in which floor I’m going to…what does that actually do?

 

And in the meantime, my understanding is that 95% of cargo containers coming into our ports still go uninspected.  Go figure.

  • http://www.lowstory.com Ezra

    I always thought they were looking more for bottles than explosives although the command to show and open your cell phone is definitely to make sure it's not some kind of detonator. Back in my college days I was able to sneak a flask into a football game, but was caught red-handed trying to get an apple past security.

    They made me eat it… delicious.

  • Miles

    "I can't hijack a plane with my shampoo any more — but at least there's some logic to the general premise."

    No there isn't — they just toss the shampoo without even examining it. If there were logic to the premise, they'd examine the contents closely (and arrest you if it wasn't shampoo) and no matter what, detain you for a few hours putting you through the ringer. As it stands now, the bad guys just keep trying to get their "shampoo" though without any failure consequences.

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