I'm starting to agree with Matt D.
Ever since I heard of the uncontroled Cessna flying over US Central Command, and heard the Air Force's reaction of "we didn't think it was a threat", I knew something was up. I guess an uncontrolled Cessna is ok, but a 763 is not?
Most of these security measures are simply cosmetic. It was funny when soon after 9-11 curbside check-in was banned. I thought "alright, maybe the terrorists could use that as a tool in their mission". But, only a few days later curbside check-in was deemed "safe".
May heaven help you if you fly often these days, especially as a business traveler. One too many visits to Aunt Edna's in Seattle, and you'll find yourself strip searched and interrrogated by 25 different "security guards/rent-a-cops", embarrased in front of the 30,000 people, and this is before you get to your gate. Then at the gate comes another round of "let me see your ticket" and "why did you choose to fly today?" , "umm, because I need to go somewhere...".
Now, if you've passed the first two stages of strip searches, interrogations, and baggage checks, you're almost there. Just like Indian Jones in The Last Crusade, you can almost see the holy grail. But you have a harder job than he did. He had to find an invisible walkway over a canyon. You on the other hand, have to prove to others (fellow passengers, gate employees, and the like) that you are deemed worthy to fly on the flight.
Then you get on the plane. You settle into your first class seat, in which you paid $10,000 for. First you are told that there will be no flight attendant to serve first class pax due to company cutbacks. Then you are told you have a responsibility and a job to protect the flight deck (I guess you performed well during the strip searches?). But you have to keep in mind the door is still the one they used on September 10, as the company didn't think it was cost effective to order the new ones.
Halfway during the flight you come down with a bad headache and it seems like you will pass out. You ask for the flight attendantand she said they can't help, and if you cause anymore commotion the plane will land and 8,000 police officers will take you away.
So, you sit there almost dying, and still with an unwavering sense of duty, try to guard the flight deck door, armed only with your fists because your finger nails were deemed dangerous.
But you finally make it to your destination amd to baggage claim where you find your suitcase and all its contents ripped open because it was a threat.
We need Mary Shaivano(sp?) back in the FAA.
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