TSA and its critics: fish, barrel, and foot – Skating on Stilts

TSA has taken another couple of steps to improve air security. For starters, airline ID checkers are actually checking IDs — with black lights and magnifying glasses. And now they’re getting ready to scan boarding passes in order to make it harder to use a fake boarding pass.

You’d think the agency would get a bit of praise for trying to improve security without slowing travelers. Instead, among privacy advocates, there is only one possible response to TSA security measures: condescension. They have to sneer, even if they make themselves look a lot dumber than the agency in the process.