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July 01, 2004

Sole searching

Does X-raying shoes make sense? Mic Dinsmore, executive director of the Port of Seattle, doesn’t think so. “It’s time we reexamined the value-added” of some of these things, he said in a meeting with Times editorial writers. “We have overreacted on aviation.”

It's about time somebody said that.

After 9-11, Dinsmore said, the two most effective changes were the securing of cockpit doors on commercial airplanes and the change in people’s awareness of danger. (The first was cheap, the second absolutely free.)

Though the rest of airport security “has some value,” he said, it has been costing the country billions of dollars, and some of it of only marginal value. One example is X-raying shoes, which federal officials demand of Sea-Tac but not many other airports.

Dinsmore does a lot of flying, and gets tired of it. “Every so often, I say to hell with it and keep my shoes on and the buzzer goes off,” he says. On the other hand, Dinsmore argues that security measures are insufficient in marine cargo, an area much less visible to voters, politicians or the chattering class.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at July 1, 2004 03:02 PM



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