Security Aviation expert Michael Boyd outlines some of the reasons why the new measures are worthless.
Like most consultants Boyd is big on criticism and small on alternatives. I've got no argument with him regarding his analysis of the state of international security, or the ineffectual Homeland Secutity department, when asked what he would do his answers were:
"accountability" - well that's true, but who and how? The when doesn't really matter because major changes like that aren't going to happen today or tomorrow. Sure the process needs to start, but that makes no difference today or tomorrow or any day up until the changes have been made.
"an anticipative plan to respond to terrorist's specific plans" - he reckons that this is not rocket science. Make a plan to combat one thing and they just do something else. He VASTLY oversimplifies this whole subject with a sweeping, nonspecific statement, and once again, what do we do today, tomorrow or the next day whilst these "simple" measures are put in place??
"put security professionals in charge" - Oh really? What, you mean perhaps The Boyd Group? Hmm...well yes, that would make sense for the president of that particular company.
Look, we're in vested interest land here again, and we're in the news media who're clammering for a bit of controversy and government criticism to spice up what's rapidly becoming a cold story.
These same consultants you see rolled out for the cameras are ALREADY the same people designing the security measures employed internationally anyway. They make vast sums of money designing systems that already don't work, then get the chance to make even more money redesigning systems when the governments decide on knee-jerk upgrades after each major international security "surpise" (that's when something unexpected happens that the consultants hadn't taken into account of in their original design). Oddly enough you never see the consultant getting the blame when these things fail to work...maybe that's because there's more accountability required...