I Feel More Secure Already

I stumbled across this essay quite by accident. I was laughing at the image to the right (seriously? snow globes? they must have watched that short by Pixar where the itty bitty plastic snowman tries to blow up his globe to reach the hot mermaid in the snow globe next to his and they thought it was reality TV). Under that image was a link to the following essay, Terrorism, Tweezers, and Terminal Madness: An Essay On Security. It's not a short read, but it is definitely worth reading if you want a pilot's perspective on what airline security has become since September 11, 2001. Perhaps even more interesting is the list of air crimes at the end of the essay, sorted by date, starting in 1970.
     Posted By: Nethie - Sun Aug 08, 2010
     Category: Crime | Destruction | Disasters | Explosives | Flight | Terrorism and Terrorists

I site the 4th amendment to the constitution of the United States which was ratified in 1791:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This @#$#$@ is the main reason I WILL NOT fly on a US carrier or from one US airport to another. If I could figure an easy way to get back to the US without flying into the US I would.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/08/10 at 03:23 AM
Just FYI you can also not take a Lava Lamp through a checkpoint .. hehehe 🐛
Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 08/08/10 at 07:24 AM
My mother owns a Piper Cherokee 180. She hasn't flown it in many years due to her health. The last time I went to check on it recently I was able to walk from the hangar, across the private areas with tethered planes and parked jets, and into the airport concourse past the checkpoints unchecked/confronted by anyone.

It's crazy .. If a terrorist(s) really wanted it'd be so easy even now to get just about anything past the checkpoints.
Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 08/08/10 at 01:32 PM
true safety is unattainable, so we are provided with the illusion of it. a little bullying, strip search a toddler and a couple of grandmas, hassle the flight crews and viola! as much as everyone is talking about being checked and hassled security must be very tight, we are safe to fly! it is much easier to provide illusion that reality.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/08/10 at 02:07 PM
I agree patty .. terrorists aren't the ones going to go through the checkpoints especially at major places .. not when there are so many ways around in less monitored airports. I could have walked up the waiting maintenance ramps and into the cockpits of the 727 or 747's being readied/fueled for boarding.

It's like new gun laws now. It might have worked at first like in Europe where they have always had them from the beginning. But here if you make more laws, checks, etc against people owning guns the criminals aren't the ones being affected anymore.

You can't put the horse before the carriage so to speak if it's already been done that way for a long time.
Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 08/08/10 at 04:37 PM
it is also senseless to close the barn door after the after the horse gets out. that is the case with gun control here. there are far too many guns on the streets to keep them from criminals and if the criminals have them why the hell would you take them from the law abiding citizens in a free society.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/08/10 at 05:16 PM
Give me the Texas law .. If you are breaking into my house I can shoot you. Here you have to be shot at etc like the police even to shoot in the first place. It puts the law and policeman in a dangerous place. And cameras can lie depending upon their perspective. I feel for them being under the car cams etc and dealing with criminals who become the "victims" because of the cameras point of view which doesn't show the entire scene and situation.
Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 08/08/10 at 05:57 PM
They most likely thought you'd brought your own seasoning for the on-board meal.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/09/10 at 08:48 AM
bill lol on the mullet!
boing you are very lucky they didn't find that pepper spray, they would have detained you for an extended period and performed some very unpleasant screening proceedures. :shut:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/09/10 at 01:47 PM
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