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Aviation Security… Something effective.

Here’s some video (don’t know how long it’ll be up) of working dogs in Aviation Security. I have to say that I think this is a more effective use of resources than the Crew Harassment Program mentioned in the previous post!

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March 27th, 2008 Posted by | Aviation Security | no comments

Aviation Security What do you think?

Does it make sense to you that Airline crews are taking off their shoes and belts, putting their laptops in the bins and otherwise subject to the same security that everyone else going on an airplane are going through? Do you ever scratch your head and wonder why the TSA would waste resources, time, money etc. on people who have undergone (and passed) mandated 10 year criminal history background checks? Are they concerned that some of these people might get control of an airplane? Were you aware that crews dead-heading to or from an operational leg are subject to the same liquid restrictions as everyone else if they’re not in uniform?

I’ve gone through security, been denied liquids, withdrawn from screening, gone back through (same screeners) in uniform and they have to let me through with my bottle of Listerine and shampoo. What a colossal waste of manpower!

While it’s better than it was in the early days, it’s still a crime. Immediately after 9/11 in TSA’s earliest days, flight crews were regularly ‘randomly’ picked for extra screening. This accomplished: a) Pissing off fewer of the flying public. and b) Forced a group of people – reliant on getting through their hoops to put food on their table – to be thusly more compliant. Fortunately those days of ‘extra’ & ‘random’ screening are MOSTLY over for crews, but they are still subject to completely pointless restrictions. There’s not a pilot, flight attendant, or mechanic alive who has ‘evil in their heart’ that could be stopped if they’re intent on bringing down a plane. Period.

My wife, a flight attendant recently off furlough, went through security one day with a cork screw in her purse. Naturally they took it. In a phone conversation before the flight, she told me this. I told her it was too bad that she wouldn’t be able to serve wine on the flight that day. “Oh no! I can have one on the airplane. I just can’t bring one through security”. And these anecdotes are countless.

Below is a note from the Airline Pilots Association on the wASTe and mismanagement prevalent at TSA on some of these simple issues. While they seem to consider it vital security, I believe a vast majority of people see it for what it is… “window dressing”; the appearance that they’re doing something important. The old line, “Jesus is coming . . . Look Busy” comes to mind.


Despite a mandate in the 9/11 Commission Act, TSA has yet to act to institute an expedited security screening program for flight crews. ALPA has offered to work with TSA to develop and implement CrewPASS—a biometric identification program based on the CASS employee identification program used for jumpseat access. In spite of ALPA’s efforts and continued Congressional oversight of the matter, TSA has shown little movement to meet its requirements. Perhaps a change of leadership at TSA is necessary to spur it to action on this priority.

I’ll be in touch with my US Representative soon on this issue. Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard and ask to be connected to your Representative here: 202-224-3121

March 26th, 2008 Posted by | Aviation Security | no comments