Flying used to be so much fun.
The security checkpoints are a pain in the ... well ... at least the feet -- since we have to take our shoes off to walk through security.
We grumble about the process, blame the terrorists and reconcile it in our minds by telling ourselves, what's a little inconvenience compared with the alternative.
Because now, a Harvard University School of Public Health study concludes that it's all for naught. All form and no substance. Ineffective. Useless.
No indication that making passengers go through this new ritual, taking off shoes, removing laptops, putting toiletries and plastic bags and displaying them to fellow travelers, does anything to prevent incidents.
A TSA spokesman counters that there have been successes that have not been publicized. But the study does tell us that a re-evaluation of the processes is in order.
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