Man Without Qualities

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Why Children Must Be Searched

Since new airport security measures went into place folling the September 11 disasters, there has been a series of protests over the supposedly irrational searching of children preparing to board aircraft.

The protests have often been loud and drenched in assertions that the protesters speak on behalf of "common sense" - but the protesters have all been wrong. There is, of course, no reason a child's toy cannot contain a gun, and a policy of not searching children would create a huge incentive for terrorists to conceal weapons in exactly that way.

Now the Smoking Gun reports:

Last Friday, screeners at Orlando International Airport found a loaded .22-caliber Derringer concealed inside a teddy bear carried by a 10-year-old Ohio boy.

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