Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Faraday criticizes 'security theatre' from beyond the grave

I was reading David Knight's book Humphry Davy and at one point he describes the arrival of Davy and Faraday in France in 1813:

On arrival, Faraday reported, they were searched, an unusual experience for a true-born Englishman: 'he then felt in my pockets, my breast, my clothes, and lastly, desired to look into my shoes; after which I was permitted to pass', and could hardly help 'laughing at the ridiculous nature of their precautions'.

Lucky he doesn't have to fly anywhere.



Blogger gatuli said...

Well, he criticizes the 'security theater' of HIS day. When a "Gentleman's" word and honor were strong enough security credentials a body check was not only unnecessary but perhaps even insulting. Could anyone claim we live in the same world?

7:46 AM  

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