Random Thoughts: Use casinos to secure our airports

Had a crazy thought on the drive into work this morning. With the latest fiasco with liquid explosives, and the terrorist plot thwarted in the United Kingdom, and the amusing bad management of lockdowns at airports by having people discard all liquids into plastic receptacles (not a good idea at all), I got to wondering who or what would be the best resource for securing an airport.
My drive-in conclusion? Casinos.


Now, at first, people would probably laugh and call me silly with bringing gambling into the mix. But when you think about it, the millions of dollars that are wasted in terrible security checkpoints that hardly do anything but impede travelers isn’t exactly what you call a “great use of resources”. I wouldn’t be surprised if the management took the bulk of the funding as salaries.
But casinos on the other hand have to watch the transferrance of money on a consistent base. Any little of wrong-doing could result in a major revenue loss, which is something casinos just can’t partake in. So while the eye-in-the-sky is watching, everything flows like clockwork and gamblers and tourists travel about freely even though under the watchful eye. If there is ever a commotion, there are set procedures and response teams that are at minutes notice.
Why can’t we lock-down airports similarly? With the state-of-the-art surveillance and other types of anti-criminal technology, casinos seem to have much of the answers that TSA should implement.
Of course, perhaps that would be too obvious. But I personally don’t see the difference between transferring bankroll and transferring passengers when it comes to the face of security.

  • jw

    I don’t think your idea is silly at all! You’re talking about an industry that has a demonstrated proficiency at security work. The government could learn a thing or two from them.
    On the other hand, there would probably be some constitutional issue about taking someone to a back room and beating the crap outta them for fondling a ticket agent.

  • jw

    I don’t think your idea is silly at all! You’re talking about an industry that has a demonstrated proficiency at security work. The government could learn a thing or two from them.
    On the other hand, there would probably be some constitutional issue about taking someone to a back room and beating the crap outta them for fondling a ticket agent.

  • jw

    I don’t think your idea is silly at all! You’re talking about an industry that has a demonstrated proficiency at security work. The government could learn a thing or two from them.
    On the other hand, there would probably be some constitutional issue about taking someone to a back room and beating the crap outta them for fondling a ticket agent.