Meddling Kids Get In the Way of Quality Security Theater
You try and take airport security seriously, [for obvious reasons](http://xrlq.com/Images/9-11%20(1).bmp), but the enterprise is riddled with so much hysteria and foolishness that it stokes the very complacency it seeks to prevent. Case in point: via TAPPED’s Alexandra Gutierrez, it appears a pilot freaked out after seeing a bike decorated by a sticker for the quality Florida punk band This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb at the Memphis airport. Airport police brought in a canine unit and the bike’s owner was briefly detained. Amazingly, no actual terrorists were thwarted by this ludicrous farce. If That Bike was a Pipe Bomb, chances are it wouldn’t come so neatly labeled.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is directing a wide-ranging review of the department’s ability to prevent and respond to a variety of terrorism-related calamities. Hopefully she’ll take this opportunity to let me bring my toothpaste back through the airport.