I totally agree with this. I'm tired of government and regulatory agencies throwing together kneejerk response policies in response to every incident and mishap.
New Rules Called "Pathetic," Misdirected - The Early Show - CBS News
Remember the shoe bomber? It was an incident that was averted, no one was injured, and now everyone must go through the ridiculous spectacle of removing their shoes while passing through security. According to this article, this is really only for show and doesn't do anything to further safety. It's just stupid!In the wake of the incident on board Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day, airlines, airports and the Transportation Security Administration wasted no time imposing new rules, procedures and protocols, almost all of them guaranteed to make your next trip to the airport -- and your next flight experience -- even worse than you've already gone through.
The problem with this kneejerk reaction, of course, is that it also sends the wrong message about airline and airport security -- that it's not effective to begin with -- but more on that later.
And even though the U.S. government then eased the rules somewhat, and left it up to the discretion of individual airline pilots about allowing passengers to get out of their seats during the last hour of flight, very little could actually disguise the REAL problem -- what no one wants to talk about is this: After Richard Reid's incident with the attempted shoe bombing, we were all then required to take off our shoes and put them on the conveyor belt. Sounds good, except those machines can't recognize chemical explosives. It was / is all for show.
I've said this in the past, and i'll say it again -- it was an attempt to make people who didn't fly very often feel better. But those of us who DO fly very often KNOW better. And there are now many foreign airports that no longer require passengers to take their shoes off.