Jan 1st 2012, 21:20 by N.B. | WASHINGTON, D.C.
THE NEW YORK TIMES published a story in late December on the International Air Transport Association's push for more "streamlined" airport security screenings. IATA, the trade group for the world's big airlines, has good reason (at least in theory) to support less ridiculous security procedures. After all, airport security is one of the reasons why many people hate flying. But IATA's proposals belong more to the realm of fantasy than the reality that business travellers face every day.