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Thread: Reporter fakes boarding pass skates through TSA security-Smoke Screening, Vanity Fair

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    Reporter fakes boarding pass skates through TSA security-Smoke Screening, Vanity Fair

    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/fe...nsanity-201112
    Quote Originally Posted by Charles C. Mann
    The vast cost is not worth the infinitesimal benefit. Not only has the actual threat from terror been exaggerated, they say, but the great bulk of the post-9/11 measures to contain it are little more than what Schneier mocks as “security theater”: actions that accomplish nothing but are designed to make the government look like it is on the job. In fact, the continuing expenditure on security may actually have made the United States less safe.
    Long article.

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    Really, Really old news.

    2006 Article http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/200...ke_your_own_f/

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    It might be old, but it remains valid. The only way TSA can properly vet travellers is if they had a scanner to scan bar-coded boarding and gate passes which verified an individual's ID as entered into the systems by the airlines themselves. Even then, they really won't have much of a clue if a terrorist simply bought a ticket.
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    This doesn't allow you to board the plane, only get into the terminal. You still have to go through security.
    If you want to board the plane as a known/suspected terrorist you have to buy a fake ID and use a prepaid credit card (or cash I guess) with the fictitious name on the fake ID.

    Unless you can make a perfect non forgable ID then everything else is moot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    It might be old, but it remains valid. The only way TSA can properly vet travellers is if they had a scanner to scan bar-coded boarding and gate passes which verified an individual's ID as entered into the systems by the airlines themselves.
    May be I'm misunderstanding the above but TSA does scan either the paper boarding pass or your e-smartphone boarding pass before going through security. I don't disagree that there are massive holes in our security checks. The checks check to see that the person on the boarding pass and the ID holder are the same person but they don't (I don't think) actually authenticate your identity.


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