zizou
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Question For All - WTC Incident.

Wed Sep 12, 2001 8:58 am

I light of what has happened today in New York, Washington and Pittsburg, I read from another aviation forum here in OZ (Australia), that there is no "strict" security check prior to boarding domestic US flghts, and that it is very easy to smuggle guns, knives etc on to the plane

Since I have never been to the States and am not at all familiar with USA aviation, is this true? I trully hope this is not the case.
 
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RE: Question For All - WTC Incident.

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:02 am

I believe its basically true. Just a metal detector and x-ray machine that are fairly easy to bypass. My retired FAA dad has sadly passed thru many times with fake bombs and guns unchallenged.
I believe I can fly.....
 
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RE: Question For All - WTC Incident.

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:05 am

You are correct. At most American airports, all you have to do is go through the security gate and pass your luggage through the x-ray scanner. In most cases, this equipment is very poor and misses detection of potential hazards--all the while still inconveniencing innocent travellers.

I was horrified when I found out about the NTSB's findings about airport security and FAA regulations--they sent dozens of undercover agents through security checkpoints at many major U.S. airports. And you know what? More than 30% (I believe this is correct) got through without any problem whatsoever. I have no trouble believing this.

When you consider the ease of smuggling a bomb or gun onto an aircraft, it's downright scary. We always were told that we were safe flying American domestic flights--Pan Am 103 was a result of poor international security. Bull. The FAA has dragged ass on security in this country for years, instituting those pitiful "security questions" that travellers must answer before receiving their boarding pass. Now we see the ramifications of the FAA's failures to ensure the safety of the American travelling public. It's downright disgraceful. And yet again, just like in the ValuJet disaster, the FAA's complacency has cost American blood. For shame.
 
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RE: Question For All - WTC Incident.

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:06 am

Depends what you consider "strict"
 
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RE: Question For All - WTC Incident.

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:08 am

I went through the same security checkpoint at EWR about 30-45 mins after the hijackers did this morning and they had *trainees* manning the various machines.
 
zizou
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RE: Question For All - WTC Incident.

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:24 am

That is really a shame and a disgrace to USA airports. Its sad that something likes this has to happen, to prompt better security checks in the future.

May all rest in peace.

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