Thursday, October 05, 2006

Seinfeld Moment : Airport Security

Only because I'm dumb and I like to ask ridiculous questions, but according to How Stuff Works (quoting the US Department of Homeland Security):
730 million people travel on passenger jets every year, while more than 700 million pieces of their baggage are screened for explosives and other dangerous items.
Does that mean at least 30 million people are travelling without any baggage, or is it that at least 30 million pieces of baggage are not screened for dangerous items? Why aren't we screening "at least 730 million pieces of baggage"? Are there really 30 million people travelling each year with no baggage?

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, 30 out of 730, or 4%, seems kind of low for those of us who travel without check in baggage. It's quite reasonable to me that up to 10% travelk without check ins.

Our carry ons, however, are nicely pawed through.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

But, aren't carry-on's considered "baggage" or are they not screened?

I want to know the 30 million people who carry nothing or the 30 million purses and backpacks not screened.

See? I ask dumb questions.