Um, double yuck. I wonder how many of these suggestions come from people who fly more than once a decade? The last one might be ok, except I doubt that people will use their best judgment about what counts as suspicious.
The ideas our panel looked over ranged from the invasive (make everyone put on government-issued pajamas and take a tranquillizer) to the uncomfortable (passengers must fly commando). A surprising number of people suggested strapping passengers down and stuffing them sardine-style into the plane, which makes us wonder whether they ever plan to fly themselves. One reader advocated crowdsourcing the problem: getting bored passengers to watch security footage and flag anyone who looks suspicious.
The top four entries:
"Joyce Hackett of New York believes that America's airports should take their cues from Berlin. "Tegel Airport is built like a big ring—planes on the outside, drivers and parking in the middle," she writes. "Its individually secured gates make it both the most efficient and the most security-effective airport I've experienced." The judges liked Hackett's proposal to build a separate security area for each gate and screen passengers before they enter the airport."
- I experienced this last summer. Seems very labor intensive. I didn't like it, but then again, I was not really sure what was going on. It also meant poor food choices once you get close to the gates.
- Given that the NYT had an article today about an eight yearold that has been trying to get off the list for the past five years or so, I am not so sure this makes a great deal of sense. Still, this moves a key element of the process away from the airport, and that has to be a good thing.
- Hmmm, this sounds interesting, but I am not sure how much of a difference it will make.
- This could become a reality tv show that raises money for the government and/or airlines!
What is my idea for improving airport security? Better pay, training for the security folks and hiring more of them. This is a jobs program I could believe in.