Commentary: Is Airline Security Worth the Cost?

With an $8 billion annual budget and a 70 percent failure rate detecting guns, knives, and bomb components in random tests, the effectiveness of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s airport screening procedures was the focus of a recent online debate hosted by The Economist magazine.

The 87-13 margin by which readers agreed that “changes made to airport security since 9/11 have done more harm than good” ma

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