Will We Continue to Sacrifice Freedom for (Supposed) Benefit?

From USA Today today:

The Transportation Security Administration is looking at installing devices in airports that home in and detect personal electronic equipment. The aim is to track how long people are stuck in security lines.

Information about wait times could then be posted on websites and in airports across the country.

Of course, there’s more:

But civil-liberties experts worry that such a system enables the government to track people’s whereabouts. “It’s serious business when the government begins to get near people’s personal-communication devices,” said American Civil Liberties Union privacy expert Jay Stanley.

Here’s a thought. Instead of having long lines and then interfering with people’s privacy to tell everybody how long the lines are, how about making the lines so short that the wait time is immaterial? Of course, this approach would necessitate solving the underlying problem (TSA doesn’t efficiently handle queues) instead of addressing the symptoms (people have to wait longer than they like).

HT: The Patriot Room