Airport Security: Our New Strategy is Just to Ask People If They’re a Terrorist

I’ve been in the midst of my busiest time of year at work over the past several weeks, and several stories passed without comment. One was the Sun Country flight departing New York JFK that was swarmed by law enforcement because a piece of luggage had the insignia ISIS on it.

A federal source tells WNBC of New York that a passenger on the plane had a duffel traveling bag that had the word ‘ISIS’ on it, which triggered a security alert. The source says the plane and luggage were swept, but nothing was found. The New York Port Authority later determined the concerns stemmed from the logo of a travel agency appearing similar to ISIS insignia. The travel agency had given out bags with the logo to a travel group on the plane.

It struck me that it’s a really good thing terrorists go around putting their logos on dangerous items, or else how would we ever foil their plots?

Now, Isis is the name of the part of the River Thames which flows through Oxford, England.

It’s also the Institute of Strategic and International Studies; Institute for Software Integrated Systems; International Security Information Service; International Spa Importing Specialists; Internet Service Information System; and Iowa Student Information Services.

Don’t say you work for ISIS at the airport!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Or, how about the OTHER “bad” acronym, ISIL?…it is also the acronym for the International Society for Individual Liberty!…a VERY dangerous group!…LOL

  2. This August I have received an “advanced” SIM card from T-mobile. The plastic card advertises to be “ISIS ready”. Should I be concerned?

  3. Regular Downton Abbey viewers, which returned to UK screens last week, will know that the dog is called Isis and is namechecked in every episode.

    One of the London private equity firms, Isis, is currently rebranding as there is apparently confusion over whether or not they are using terrorist funds to back MBOs ….

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