Dec. 29th, 2009

TSA + IT

Dec. 29th, 2009 02:40 pm
tikibar: (trap)
I help run a TSA* security checkpoint. We have hundreds of thousands of people come through our checkpoint every day. We stop or turn away hundreds of thousands more because they have sharp, steel knives that are very dangerous. We are very good at finding steel knives**! We can also tell a lot about the people that come through our checkpoint. We know who they are, where they're from and where they're going. If they have luggage, we can even tell you what color it is!

And then one day a person that had come through our checkpoint robbed the Starbucks* on the secure side of the checkpoint with a wooden spoon! Oh noes, we can't track wooden spoons! Today we were asked to identify how many people came through the checkpoint with wooden spoons, to determine if this was a widespread problem or if it was just a targeted attack***.

True story analogy!



* Not really.
** For some value of "steel knives."

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