An Alternative Approach to Airport Security

A few weeks back, Orin polled VC readers for their views on airport security. The obvious question for those of us who are critical of the TSA’s approach is “what is the alternative?” As a recent House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing, the Consumer Travel Alliance’s Charles Leocha outlined a set of alternative policies that would do away with the backsacatter full-body scanners and intrusive patdowns and rely more heavily on trusted traveler programs. Such an approach may not please some privacy advocates, but focusing on who is flying makes more sense than intrusively searching everyone who seeks to fly. Christopher Elliott believes TSA reform of some sort is inevitable. I hope he’s right.