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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Thursday, April 21, 2005



WASHINGTON - Starting Thursday, air travelers will have to leave their lighters at home. Unlike guns, knives and other dangerous items that a passenger cannot carry aboard but may stow in checked bags, lighters are banned everywhere on a plane.
The genesis for the ban was Richard Reid, who tried unsuccessfully to light explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001. He used matches.

The sponsors of the ban, Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon, worried that a lighter might have worked. (emphasis mine)
Ooookkk. So there's no way that matches could be successful? Or maybe there're ducking the issue because...

"The problem with the TSA on the matches is the inability to detect them," Stempler said.

Well, in any case I'm not convinced that this is going to make us any safer...but maybe I'm wrong. The question is where or not any increase in safety outweighs the increased cost (in terms of time spent) of this ban.

Either way, air travel is getting ridiculous. The lines are long, you've practically got to get undressed to walk though the metal detectors and (with apologies to George Lucas) if a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away some bad guy with a name resembling yours did something bad you're put through the ringer every time you try to get a boarding pass.


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