I didn't say everything was wrong, I said I liked hardened-cockpit doors, no cooperating with hijackers, air marshals, and screening of checked bags which should have been done 23 years ago. My alternative/plan? In short since this is OT. First, abolish the domestic no-fly list which has never caught an actual bad guy, stop the war on water (the liquid threat is extremely improbable when you look at the chemistry of liquid explosives--if you mix the thing after security, you need lab equipment; if you mix it before security, it is so unstable it will go boom before you get to the airport), abolish the ID checks, abolish the shoe carnival, abolish the "behavior detection officers" which were scientifically debunked by a recent article in Nature and have little impact but harassing innocent people (see http://tinyurl.com/285xbwc), and use the strip search machines only for voluntary secondary screening of people who have medical implants etc and which to avoid a patdown. That will all a massive reduction in the size of TSA and will make the remaining TSA much more effective at detecting weapons and explosives. (They currently have failure rates as high as 80% for things like guns because they are so distracted by toothpaste.) Take the $ that would be saved by abolishing all of these things, and allocate it equally to 4 things: a) dramatically *increasing* use of explosive-trace-detection (e.g., the swabs), which is a *highly* effective screening technique that will alarm if a person or their bags have been near explosives recently (including liquid explosives and their precursors). At least 20% of passengers should have an item (bag, shoe, etc.) or their hand swabbed; that would be a real deterrent and substantially reduce the risk of explosives getting by. 40% would be better. Explosive trace detection is real security. In addition, finish installing the advanced 3D x-ray machines for carry-on luggage that are needed to replace 70s-era technology. More real security. b) give the $ to FBI (not DHS) to increase terrorism investigations, within the bounds of the law and using "archaic" tools like informants, leg work, and search warrants. Good police work is key. Waiting for a terrorist to get to the airport and get caught at a checkpoint is stupid and risky; the best place to disrupt them is before they get there. c) give the $ to CIA (not DHS) to increase international terrorism investigations and intelligence gathering. Again, good police work and good intelligence. d) deficit reduction.