Comment: but just how effective are these checkpoints...

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but just how effective are these checkpoints...

How many would-be terrorists armed with a device has the TSA actually foiled? Does anyone know?

If a determined terrorist were to just sit in the food court for an hour and observe the grope stations, then he could probably come up with a dozen ways to sneak a device through. Just observe the gropers for when they're idle and when in full grope... who are thorough and who aren't... People are creatures of habit.

And it also seems to me that the checkpoint itself is a far better target than a plane anyway. Not only are a lot of people packed into a small area waiting in line, but the device could be a *lot* bigger than one smuggled onto a plane and it would be far more disruptive since the entire airport would likely shutdown with all flights cancelled. Why take a risk of capture targeting a plane?