Monday, January 11, 2010

High in the Sky Security- Part 2

Our government looks like it will turn the heat up further-on US citizens. Through the increased use of “pat-downs” and full body x-rays, the government hopes to assure us that the airways are now safe from the occasional extremist who wants to commandeer an airplane. I will feel much better when every 6-month old gets a thorough screening and when my 91-year old mother gets a good pat-down. Has anyone noticed that three recent kerfuffles in the sky (AirTran 297 and 175, and Northwest 253) were aborted by airline crew (especially flight attendants) and other passengers? Why are the airlines not putting material in their in-flight magazines about how to deal with dangerous situations? They make room for advertising and for their list of available alcoholic beverages- why not for information about dealing with disruptive fellow passengers? The airlines probably don’t want to upset us, but what is more upsetting than all of us being under suspicion while experiencing TSA scrutiny. No system will perfectly protect us, but as someone once said, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Finally, I bet if the Chinese (why are they no longer the Red Chinese?) see a buck in all of this, they will bring their entrepreneurial spirit to bear and find a solution to inflight security.

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