Airline security in North America will only make marginal improvements over time, all the while sacrificing the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens in increasingly invasive and humiliating ways. But the largest impediment to airline security is actually the same group of ethical superiors who are supposed to be protecting those liberties.
By far the most prominent target of international terrorism, Israel doesn’t need as much security interventions in its airports as the Americans are proposing. Why? The Toronto Star points out some the strengths of the Israeli system:
“Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don’t take s— from anybody.”
“…[Security personnel are] not looking for liquids, they’re not looking at your shoes. They’re not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you.”
What would happen if we did that sort of thing in Canada?
Well, for starters, there’s this:
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will begin an inquiry into a complaint lodged by a Toronto man who says he was unfairly prevented by Air Canada from boarding a flight 5½ years ago.
“I was the only black person on that flight and I was the only one in there being searched,” she said, of the flight from Philadelphia to Ottawa, the final leg of her trip home from Jamaica. “I have all reason to assume it was racial profiling.”
Is this another matter in which our rights need to be “balanced” within a “matrix” a la Jennifer Lynch?