Originally Posted by pvn
You're right here, but who cares?
tom wanted to know where the political support for these stricter measures are coming from.
While not answering the question (although more on that below), what I'm claiming is that there is very little sincere opposition to this -- the left doesn't want to criticize their own President and their administration, and the right's concerns are just cynical.
So I'd say tom's question is the wrong one, or at least I'd restate it to say that there's probably some lobbying interests pressuring to have more machines/blah blah, but more importantly, there's probably the perception that the administration needs to be seen as taking steps toward "making air travel safer"; that's what I think the support for this is. And that's real -- there are people out there who feel better with all this security theater, and people profiting from that, so the Obama admin is playing off of that; So the real question is -- who opposes this?
I would say that what sincere opposition that does exist is not really political: it's trade unions and consumers, the travel industry, etc.