Has anyone seen a good article or discussion about how much more secure the new machines and screening procedures will make us, compared to those which have been in force since 9/11, and which compares them to the procedures in place before that?
No one that I've seen is saying that we should go back to the days of no screening of passengers on airplanes. The question is how intrusive the rules should be for all passengers, and how to decide who deserves more scruitny.
We could reduce car crashes if we banned left turns and made the speed limit 5 miles an hour. The question of what is a reasonable regulation in such cases is, in part, a calculus of convenience v safety.
In some instances, our bureaucrats seem to forget that. The new security screening looks like it might be such a case.
Ultiamately, I suspect part of the problem is the delegation of legislative powers. Congress has, in effect, delegated law-making to unelected bureaucrats. In a democratic republic, more decisions should be in the legislative arena than is currently the case. The American people want more say, through our duly elected representatives, in making the rules by which we live.