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    Dustin Mineau

    Security screening is of limited effectiveness.   It's a large, cumbersome defined process, and any determined, intelligent group can find and exploit the weakness of a defined process, as has already been demonstrated.  

    The most valuable aspect of security screening is screening the list of passengers for persons associated with terrorist activity, and the process of bringing passengers into close contact with screeners, so that anything suspicious might (but might not) have a greater chance of being noticed.  Not something that we can define to look for, like a 3 inch blade, but just the old game -- "What's out of place in this picture?"

    Tracking and investigation into terrorist activity, and action plans for what happens if dangerous persons do get onto a plane, are going to be more effective, because those activities are more focused on where the problem really is.  Plus, passengers are far more aggressive than they were during the 911 attacks.

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