A follow up to my last post. I think this guy just hit the nail on the head. I've read some of his stuff in the past. He breaks down and explains security issues pretty darn good. I think he got this idea (Washington Monument) right too.
Stuff happens. There are crazy people out there. There is a fine line between being safe and being paranoid. Maybe not even that fine. We now know that if a hijacking takes place, you don't sit in your seat - you rush the people trying to do it and pummel them. The cockpit doors being reinforced is the greatest security measure ever - and more than enough. The rest of it all - just intrusive and sometimes just embarrassing.
You have to draw a line between reasonable security and "we'll reactively respond to every new tactic as it comes along".
My big fear - they start doing this (the 'security' thing) for monuments, buses, subways, trains, state parks, restaurants, movies, etc.
I've flown over 200,000 miles this year - that is about 10 working weeks in the air - that involves a lot of airports. I know how intrusive this stuff can be. I would hate to see the "security stuff" impose itself on my other 40 some weeks (and everyone else's time).
I don't know why, but I'm reminded of one of my favorite movies. Brazil