Munich Airport Security's Nuclear Pat-Down Procedures

Readers of Goldblog know that the official position of the Goldblog Institute for the Study of Absurd Airport Security Procedures is that TSA pat-downs at American airports fall into the category of "security theater," because the TSA blue-shirts are not allowed to frisk the nether regions, where -- as anyone who has been to prison knows -- you would naturally want to hide your implements of mayhem.

Well, I'm here to tell you that the TSA could take a lesson from the security personnel at the Munich Airport, particularly one member of the Munich security team named Felix, who may have inadvertently (or advertently, depending on his politics relating to the issue of post-Holocaust Jewish continuity) sterilized Goldblog for good. Luckily, Goldblog has already spawned three junior Goldblogs, and is, he believes, finished in that department.

Obviously, I'm not a huge fan of being manhandled by uniformed Germans, but on the other hand, they certainly do know how to do find underwear bombs.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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