Airline Pilots Allowed to Dodge Security Screening

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    So much for equal protection (& abuse) under the law ....

    Chicago Tribune: Pilots flying through security

    Wired: Airline Pilots Allowed to Dodge Security Screening

    UPI: Known Crewmember launches at O'Hare

    PRNewswire: Enhanced Airline Pilot Security Screening Takes Off at Chicago O'Hare

    Each group of people that manages to get itself exempted from TSA abuse will just cause more resentment on the part the Americans who are increasingly fed up with being treated as terrorists by the own government, and this will be compounded as resources are reallocated to heap more abuse upon those who have not been accorded special treatment.
  2. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    I understand your comment. The opposite is true, of course, if you are one of the lucky ones who is categorized as a low-risk. Then it's a good program!

    I don't know how far this initiative will go. I do know many people, passengers and officers alike, disagree with this program. I think pilots ought to be given a free pass. All a pilot has to do is point the nose down. He or she doesn't need a bomb, gun or knife. The whole key here is document verification. Once the pilot's identification is verified, does it really matter whether or not he or she has a bottle of shampoo? a pocket knife? or a gun?

    As for the rest, I think more reasonable measures can be made based on a valid risk assessment. TSA is currently experimenting with several initiatives at different airports. This is not to say that all of them will be approved. I don't know any more about the program than you or anyone else, so there's really not much more I can comment on other than this will encompass a major culture change on both sides of the x-ray machine.
  3. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Here's the problem: TSA treats everyone like a terrorist. Baby terrorists, wheelchair terrorists, amputee terrorists, etc., when of course there's only a 1 in 100,000,000 chance that a particular passenger is in fact a terrorist. Given these low odds, refocusing on this or that population won't increase security to any extent.

    What would increase security would be to focus on TSA and airport employees as risk vectors. We have already seen ample evidence of corruption, criminality, negligence and literally being asleep on the job among these groups. Seems like if I were a terrorist planning to attack an aircraft I would get a job as a TSO. (P.S., the "background check" is a joke, it's nothing like what is required to get a security clearance.)
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    As I'm sure it will be a "good program" for those with the time & money to pay the estimated $250 a head for "Trusted Traveler".

    Eventually the have-nots will rise up against their masters. This is NOT going to continue.
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  5. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Airline crews and employees have been bypassing security at many airports for administrative convenience for decades, and -Surprise!- they've been caught bringing weapons into the sterile area and onto aircraft.

    Everyone should be going through the same screening. X-ray of belongings, hand held / walk through metal detectors, and Explosive Trace Portals / Explosive Trace Detection.
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