1. Allowing ticketed passengers only beyond the screening areas
10 We need to keep congestion to a minimum.
2. Random strip searches of passengers and luggage with visual inspection of luggage contents (not X-ray or CAT scan)
1 Strip searches would cripple the airline industry. I wonder how random it would be anyway? I have heard the stories about attractive women having problems as it is.
3. Total strip searches for each and every passenger up to and including cavity searches
1 Simply put, it will never happen. Who would support something like this?
Mental/verbal interviewing of each passenger (a.k.a. pshychological evaluation)
5 This could be a possibility as long as it is done right. It must somehow be efficient.
Restraining all passengers in the cabin prior to takeoff
1 Sounds very costly. Who is going to pay for the restraining equipement? I can see it now. 10$ restraining fee on each leg flown.
6. No standing up within 30 minutes of takeoff or landing
1 This is one of your "cosmetic" features. I dont think that the 9-11 planes were hijacked at takeoff. It was done later in the flight. Besides, when you gotta go, you gotta go.
7. All windows in the airport and aircraft sealed off to prevent outside viewing
1 One word:paranoia
8. Replacing all existing private sector security personnel with Federally trained experts
1, if the same people now are made into the experts.
10, if this is done right and you get people who have a clue at the checkpoint.
9. Arming pilots and/or Flight attendants
10 The pilot does not need a weapon to crash the plane as it is. It might help them keep people out of the cockpit.
10. Keeping armed militia inside the airports roaming around in the dozens or hundreds
8 If they are trained. 1 if they have no idea what to do.
11. Initiating a "flight license" program where all passengers, present and future, above the age of 16 must pass a full disclosure FBI background investigation resulting in a "license to fly" being issued. Failure to pass will result in denial to travel on any commercial airliner. License must be "renewed" every two years. Persons not in posession of a valid license will be denied sale of a ticket and boarding. Any person that attempts to do so shall be subject to arrest.
1 Who is going to pay for this?
12. All passengers must submit retinal scans, voice recordings, fingerprinting, and DNA samples prior to being allowed to travel (sort of ties in with #11)
1 Again, a little to costly. Also, DNA samples will not help if this is the "first offense" for the terrorist.
13. Complete and total abolishion of all carry on items, regardless of size. This includes keys and wallets.
1 This would be a huge liability issue with baggage. There would be claims filed for lost wallets, jewelry bought on that Caribbean trip, anything else of value. It would be a nightmare.
14. Mandatory "Sky Marshalls" on all flights. Minimum of 1 Marshall for every 20 passengers. Commuter aircraft seating less than 40 pax will have 2 Marshalls.
8 This has some merit. I am not sure what the proportion to passengers should be, though.
15. Along with item #5, all persons shall be blindfolded for the duration of their time on an airliner. Persons will be escorted onto the aircaft in groups of 5.
1 Nuff said.