Commentary: The Costs of Security Theater

At least one good thing resulted from the Christmas Day incident when would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 into Detroit. Finally, the phrase “security theater” has made its way into the public lexicon to describe the billions of dollars governments have spent slamming barn doors shut after the livestock have left the premises.

Although the language is relatively new, frequent flyers have been having quiet conversations about security

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