Barely a day goes by without another example of idiocy in the name of anti-terrorism. Today’s gem? Yet another item has been banned from US airplanes: cigarette lighters. According to ABC News:
The genesis for the ban was Richard Reid, who tried unsuccessfully to light explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2002. He used matches. The sponsors of the ban, Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon, worried that a lighter might have worked in that kind of situation.
Maybe we should ban shoes. You can never be too careful.