Friday, May 23, 2008

Evidently terrorists do not know how to dress like pilots

Pilots' unions have been lobbying to skip airport screening, which they call unnecessary and "demoralizing." The Air Line Pilots Association notes that pilots face extensive background tests, and that pilots wanting to do harm with an airplane would hardly need a weapon because they control airplanes.

Airport screening "has just worn on them," said Pete Janhunen, spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest pilots' union. "You trust them to fly a multimillion dollar airplane, and yet a TSA inspector with little training, little experience has the ability to strip-search them for gels." (more here)

We say: Why don't we just fix the screening systems for everyone's sake? Most folks who travel frequently can speak to the "demoralizing" part or broken systems, but any identification program is only as strong as the systems and enforcement.

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