Increased Airline Security Has Killed Far More Americans Than 9/11

Businessweek points out a staggering study suggesting that the delays and hassle caused by post-9/11 TSA airport screening procedures encouraged travelers to go by car rather than the far safer choice of flying  — resulting in thousands of extra road fatalities which would not have otherwise occurred, a death toll dwarfing that of the attacks on the Twin Towers:

Created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Transportation Security Administration has largely outlived its usefulness. These days, the TSA’s major role appears to be to make plane trips more unpleasant.

The inconvenience of air travel is pushing more people onto the roads. Compare the dangers of air travel to those of driving. To make flying as dangerous as using a car, a four-plane disaster on the scale of 9/11 would have to occur every month, according to analysis published in the American Scientist. Researchers at Cornell University suggest that people switching from air to road transportation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led to an increase of 242 driving fatalities per month—which means that a lot more people died on the roads as an indirect result of 9/11 than died from being on the planes that terrible day.

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  • Tom

    There is also a side they would argue the almost non-existent terror-like episodes in the air would give credence to the TSA working.

  • Apathesis

    Blame the cars! They kill people!

  • BuzzCoastin

    airport security was never about saving American lives
    it was about making the sheeple more compliant
    and to give the most dull-witted a feeling of safety
    while they were being fleeced

  • Guest

    The only change that ever needed to happen was instead of peacefully allowing terrorists to commandeer aircraft is to instruct everyone to fight the person hijacking the plane. That alone would have stopped 9/11. Everything after that is useless shit to water down the constitution, and reinforce a police state. When has the patriot act been used outside of investigating drug cases ?

    • JaceD

      And what makes you think the passengers even knew the plane was being hijacked?

  • LeChat

    The problems with the TSA could be easily solved with a passenger strike. Stop flying, and the TSA goes away. The last time I flew was May 1999.

  • Guest123

    This is a classic example of statistics not showing the entire truth. Ok a certain amount of people have
    died, but that is the way things are and it wasn’t directly the TSA’s fault. What we don’t know is the amount of deaths that would have happened if they had not been there.
    In addition, if we didn’t have that security in place, who known’s what other items, money or individuals may have passed through international borders. I don’t believe the TSA are entirely a good answer for security vulnerabilities, however this article is misleading and slightly silly.

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