Sunday, December 27, 2009

Proportionality

On international flights headed for the US, passengers must sit with their hands folded on their laps for the last hour of the flight. (That sounds so much like the Catholic school I attended in first and second grade.) Bags away, computers away, no objects on your lap. It seems not even a book or a blanket is allowed. But only for the last hour of the flight? Doesn't that just mean any would-be terrorists should do their thing before the last hour of the flight? Am I missing something here?

Nate Silver has a great analysis of the actual terrorism risk in US commercial air travel.

And remember, 40,000 people a year die in automobile crashes in the US. More than 10,000 people in the US are murdered on the ground, away from airports, each year.


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