Folks it is real simple and you can put this thread to rest. You have either 100% success or something less. It is one or the other and nothing in between. Now there is one airline that, so far, has had 100% success – El Al! The problem is they are a very small airline, with only a limited number of airplanes and flights, virtually no competition, a governmental financial and security backing and a “either do it or don’t go” mentality. But let’s look at how it could work!
In order to assure NO failures, not one failure, we must do a number of things.
1. Stop all curbside check in! The reason for this is that curbside handlers are not trained to screen baggage or passengers. This is the first possible shortcoming. Secondly, there are not enough baggage screening devises (BTUs) in the world to supply all the airports not alone all the possible places a bag could get to an airplane in one airport.
2. Mandatory passenger profiling of all passengers. This is a very complicated and time-consuming process. For those who have ever undergone this process with El Al (I have) it takes hours, in diverse locations and is multileveled.
3. Personal baggage checks of EVERY bag a passenger has. That is every bag and all the contents in it must be checked and verified – you know that perfume bottle may contain a flammable liquid? That means not only checked baggage but also carryon baggage. Not just x-rays but personal visual examination also.
4. Physical visual inspection of every passenger, I mean strip search and body cavity search like you go through when entering prison. You all know drug smugglers carry items in some of the most mysterious places, so may a suicide terrorists?
5. X-ray examination of internal organs. You know a suicide bomber might have surgically implanted C4 in his leg or JP4 in those breast implants?
6. Hire professional security experts and charge the passenger an extremely large security tax or just raise the Federal Income tax a few percent (no deduction for travelers however.) Security experts are a very specialized field and they are VERY expensive.
7. Hire psychologists to interpret the actions of all passengers going through the system and charge the passengers $50 per ticket segment – you know a psychologist tax. Psychologist charge at least that much in their office and every passenger needs to be examined, therefore needs to be charged!
8. And a lot more time and money!
The other alternative is to accept some degree of failure. Most people upset with the TSA
state many of the failures. A few days ago I listed TSA
’s achievements in a one-year period. If I took all the failures listed by everyone on this thread to date (about 28) and multiplied that by a factor of 1000. Take that number (28,000) and compare that to the number of confiscation’s in 2002 (3,981,767) and you have less than 1%. Less than one percent of the banned items get by (actually 0.703%). Now remember, I multiplied all the complaints by 1000, so a more accurate number (based upon this sample) would actually be .00070%. Is that an acceptable number for you?
I know this was not very scientific folks, but look at what you are basically saying. You are complaining about less than 1%. Do you want 100% compliance? 90%? 80%? 75%? 50%? What do you want and what will you accept as a populace? If you want 100% you will SHUT DOWN American Business and leisure travel. American commerce will definitely fall, world economic recession will definitely return and unemployment will see rates most people, currently living, have no idea exists. The USA (and much of the Western World) is based upon a risk analysis. Driving, swimming, jogging, eating, living! We know that 40,000+ people will die every year in auto accidents, do we ban cars? Sharks ate 16 Americans alone last year; do we ban ocean swimming? Jim Fix (the jogger) died from heart complications aggravated from jogging, do we ban jogging for heart patients? People die from salmonella in chickens, bacteria in beef, pesticides in vegetables and mercury in seafood; do we ban eating?
The point is, there are problems in the system, but no larger than problems in any other system. There is 911 hysteria out there and some people demand and criticize without thought. NOTHING should get through! Absolutely nothing! Folks engines quite on jets, you don’t demand 100% from GE
or Pratt! Hydraulic systems fail; you don’t demand 100% from Boeing or Airbus! Aircraft have structural failures; you don’t demand that from UA
maint! Forecast are wrong or fail to get reported; you don’t demand 100% from NOAA, NWS, or FSS! PTUs and Jackscrews fail, you don’t demand 100% from AS
or US! All of those things I just mentioned killed hundreds (in some cases 1000s) of people in the aviation field – and it has been doing it for decades. We don’t demand anywhere near the compliance percentage we get from the TSA
in any other aviation or world area.