November 11, 2008
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.