You Shall Not Pass

Thursday, November 02, 2006 | 12:40 pm

Wired contributing writer, Bruce Schneier wrote a great overview about the recent melee over the PhD student who put up a website that allowed you to generate a fake boarding pass, exposing the security issue you have probably pondered once or twice ever since you started printing your passes online.

This is another classic heavy-handed authority knee-jerk reaction: leap on the symptom, ignore the problem. You can read all about the FBI and other (vote seeking) public official reactions on the guys blog here.

Schneier's article covers some ground concerning the safety measures airlines oppose (any that might cost them), and a surprising fact about why they encouraged identification checks at airport security checkpoints.

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