Evolution of Security: Apple MacBook Airs are Cleared for Takeoff

Couple of interesting things about that story of the MacBook Air owner who got stopped at an airport security checkpoint. First and foremost, TSA was doing it’s job, which is to single out things that don’t fit a known profile, which the Air certainly does not. Second, this story got so much attention because their is a willing and able group of pundits who will jump on any opportunity to criticize a government agency, especially TSA.

If we are going to judge TSA then it should be on their results. The facts remain clear, there have been no major security breaches on U.S. airlines despite 75,000+ (I think that number is right) commercial flights in the U.S. daily, and millions of air travelers. TSA continues to invest in new technology and processes without sacrificing safety. All things considered, TSA is a success (even if it is also a bloated government agency that does have occasional ass-hattery.)

Lastly, TSA has a pretty cool blog. (link via Engadget)

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Here is my theory. Along comes the new MacBook Air. The thing is as thin as a potato chip, and looks completely different than any other laptop the TSOs have ever seen. They are seldom seen at TSA checkpoints due to their newness and the fact that they can be hard to find sometimes.
To help prove my theory, I’ve contacted Apple to see if I can process a MacBook Air through an X-ray and see how it looks. If it does indeed look odd, I’m going to take a picture and send it to TSA Training to help avoid future issues with MacBooks. The jury is out for now, but I’ll post an update as soon as I can get my hands on the MacBook Air.

Núñez’s bill taxing oil companies falls short

For Democrats in California the solution always involves raising taxes and fees. Never do they consider slowing the growth of state government, spending more efficiently, and not doing things the government shouldn’t be doing anyway. BTW, whenever Núñez and his pals talk about “the wealthy” he is referring to you and me… combined family income of greater than $120k per year.

It was exactly this tax-and-spend mentality in the 1970′s that led to a full scale voter revolt in the form of Proposition 13 and further resulted in the proposition chaos that led to the current structural budget mess, all a result of voters looking at Sacramento and not seeing the hard work getting done.

Were I in control of the budget King of California the first thing I would do is ax the bicameral state legislature, which alone would significantly cut the state’s payroll. There is no logical reason why California needs both an Assembly and a Senate when they don’t seem to do that much to begin with except create bigger problems than the ones they say they want to solve.

The bills include a sales tax on music downloaded over the Internet via stores such as iTunes; increased income taxes on the wealthy; and new fees on large or gas-guzzling automobiles.

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