[rescue] Airport Security and Rescues...
alaric at metrocast.net
Thu Mar 27 06:50:21 CDT 2008
Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 06:38:21AM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> I have more than once speculated that the real purpose of the TSA is to
>> make air travel so intolerable that nobody in the US flies any more.
>> The one thing I can't figure out is what the win in this is for the
> If you have ever flown El-Al, you understand why the TSA does what it
> does. El-Al uses all sorts of politicaly incorrect methods of spotting
> the people who may be terrorists and questioning and inspecting them.
> The TSA does basicly the same thing, but since they can't use those
> methods they have to use a 10 pound hammer to accomplish what could be
> done with a pair of tweezers if left alone.
But El-Al security is *effective*. TSA is 90% useless security theater.
If there's a ridiculous and intrusive "security measure" that doesn't
actually make anyone any safer, TSA will find it and use it, but they
won't use the effective methods Israel uses because of the risk that
somebody might get offended, and because picking out people who are
acting funny requires people with actual training and skills, not
minimum-wage drones following a list of (frequently nonsensical and
frequently useless) rules on a clipboard.
When the FFDO program (armed flight deck crews) was proposed, TSA fought
tooth and nail against it. When they couldn't stop it, they set out to
sabotage it instead. Among other things, they set up the regulations so
that FFDOs couldn't carry their own sidearms to and from the cockpit,
they had to be carried on and off the aircraft by TSA personnel in
locked 22-lb vaults that the crew then had to open in the confined space
of the cockpit. During the period that regulation was in force, more
than 300 FFDO sidearms were stolen en route to or from the cockpit *by
TSA personnel*. When Congress finally quashed that, TSA's new
regulations require FFDOs to use locking holsters that their sidearm
must be padlocked into every time they leave the cockpit, a policy which
just caused an accidental discharge on a USAir flight.
TSA isn't security. TSA is a Keystone Kops parody of security.
Phil Stracchino, CDK#2 ICBM: 43.5607, -71.355
Renaissance Man, Unix ronin, Perl hacker, Free Stater
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