Has the TSA ever prevented an attack?

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    Is that a valid question or a dumb question. Here's a hypothetical question. Suppose the TSA had been established before 9/11. Now suppose that on the morning of Sept 11, 2001 a couple of guys in Maine and also a couple of guys in Washington had had box cutters taken away. Would we have known that a terrorist attack was prevented?
     
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    Impossible to say. Such a waste of money.

    Another example of pussies seeking security at the cost of liberty.
     
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    I'm sure at least one of those jars of honey or cans of shaving cream were for nefarious purposes.
     
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    There is no way to prove a negative. If the TSA were around pre-9/11, the hijackers may have stayed home. So the TSA would have been a deterrent.

    The absence of a box cutter is impossible to know.

    We do know, however, that hijackings were occuring about every 14 days just before metal detectors were installed in the 70s. They were so frequent that, "I'm hijacking this plane to Cuba!" was a common multi-purpose one-liner back then.

    That figure immediately plunged to 1 a year, and some years have seen zero attempts, after metal detectors were installed.

    Something to keep in mind when Libertarians say we should all be allowed to carry guns on planes.

    I am still opposed to millimeter wave scanners. Once the President and every member of Congress have subjected themselves and their spouses and children to these scans, and published the unedited photos online, then I will remove my objections to them.

    And now there are some anecdotal stories going around that TSA agents are picking out female hardbodies for special scanning by these machines. And if you pitch a bitch with the TSA, you earn yourself a place on their No-Fly list.

    So now our paranoia has overreached and entered into tyrannical territory.
     
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    How many planes would have been hijacked if every other passenger on that plane had a gun?
     
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    None.

    The dirtbags would have been full of holes and on their way to meet allah.
     
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    The reality is that planes were being hijacked every 14 days, on average, when everyone was allowed to carry.

    So that obviously wasn't working out.

    Unless you want to visit Cuba for the price of a ticket to Boston from New York. :lol:
     
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    In case you guys think I'm full of shit:

    Aviation Security
     
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    Really. What year was that?
     
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    If everyone were packing on a plane, I don't think a shootout in the skies would end well.
     

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