I refuse to buy into the current fear & hysteria over terrorism. I don’t believe there’s any major danger. If there is any risk, it’s very miniscule.
Indeed, as John Mueller pointed out in his seminal article, “A False Sense of Insecurity,” there’s good reason to be very skeptical of terrorism-prevention schemes in general. Terrorism is exceedingly rare. We’re blessed to live in a world where the actual number of people inclined to murder Americans in terrorist attacks is very small. As Mueller writes, “The number of Americans killed by international terrorism since the late 1960s (which is when the State Department began counting) is about the same as the number of Americans killed over the same period by lightning, accident-causing deer, or severe allergic reaction to peanuts.”
I’m more annoyed by standing in line at security checkpoints, having to take my shoes off, and removing my MacBook Pro from the bag and hoping it doesn’t get dropped or stolen. If I do go to MacWorld Expo in January, instead of flying I plan to take an extra week to drive there. My reason for not flying isn’t fear of terrorism but wanting to be able to use my iPod & MacBook Pro in peace without too much hassle.