A wise fellow traveler once made this acute observation to us:
In Europe, it's the big airports that have the rigorous security and hard-assed agents while the small-town airports are friendlier, more laid-back though just as detail-oriented. In the US, however, that's completely flipped. I've found it's the small US airports who employ the power-trip agents and go whole-hog with each person's screening.
This is something we've experienced ourselves, in many small airports but also at Toledo Express. It may be out of boredom, since there's rarely a line of people for security in the first place. In fact, without a full-body scanner, they could even just spend 15 minutes frisking every person and still not make much a wait.
Side story: once, we took a chance and tried to fly from TOL with a small hookah we had bought (and successfully flown over as carry-on) from Tunisia. Security took it apart as they had never heard of a hookah before, and then almost had us arrested for trying to fly with a bludgeoning device. Yes, those exact words were used. So focused were they on that, that they never even touched our carry-on bag to search it.
So maybe Toledo Express has ordered up a full-body scanner to mask agent incompetence? Surely that's one of the reasons many airports are getting the machines, because then it can be the machine's fault that no one caught the 12" razor blades carried on by one of the Mythbusters recently.
Just have a look at the list of airports (both US and Canadian) that have full-body scanners and count how many itty bitty, nowhereland airports have ponied up cash for one. There's more than a few (there's a lot in Texas, actually). So through all this, through the installation of one at TOL, we can only see that it's the scanner company lobbyists that are doing their job, and the TSA agents who aren't.
· Full-body scanner added at Toledo Express [WTOL]
· A List of US and Canadian (and Some Other) Airports with Full-Body Scanners [Jaunted]
· What It's Like Having the TSA's Enhanced Pat-Down:A Firsthand Account [Jaunted]