If security costs are too high, then we shouldn’t consider the cost alone, but whether the risk is even worth it.
A friend asked why I won’t fly on airlines in America. “I’m waiting for the threat to go away,” I explained. “If the threat is so high that we need random pat-downs and a billion dollars in x-ray machines—with no comparable threats found—then the danger in the shadows is too much.”
I’ll fly American when the ever-evasive “terror” threat can be stopped by police dogs—who smell fear, narcotics, and explosives. Until then, China is safer.