Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A secure environmentalism for Midtown?

James Fallows, in his running crusade against "security theater," wonders: if the TSA were running New York,

How would it respond to this weekend's Times Square bomb threat? Well, by extrapolation from its response to the 9/11 attacks and subsequent threats, the policy would be:

- All vans or SUVs headed into Midtown Manhattan would have to stop and have their contents inspected. If any vehicle seemed for any reason to have escaped inspection, Midtown in its entirety would be evacuated;

- A whole new uniformed force -- the Times Square Security Administration, or TsSA - would be formed for this purpose....
How long before someone in NYC deploys the failed attack as a new argument for congestion pricing

P.S. Speaking of security theater: now that, post-panty bomber, most airlines will no longer enable passengers to track their fight on a GPS display, why was I able to track my son's flight home from Japan last week on my home computer?

1 comment:

  1. ..because you weren't on the plane, so you couldn't use the display to pick the right moment for nefarious purposes. not that the whole thing isn't ridiculous.