"Tower Air operated many years between JFK
and catered to the Jewish passenger market. Their security consultants were all from Israel and never had any major security problem. Obviously, these people know quite a bit about security."
I agree. I was a FA
with Tower and have gone on to fly with other airlines. Invariably, I took security much more seriously......the topic is too large to fully discuss in this venue, however, I look back on it with a number of thoughts:
1) I actually got bounced out of a training program once because I objected strongly to their lame security training (this is pre-9/11), which we in the US just fulfilled the FAA syllabus requirements with garbage at the time. My FAA rep wanted me to report it, but I was a little embarrassed I'd made such a big deal until...
2) I sat in my loft in B'klyn and had the dust of the WTC blow in my window.... and
3) Through an absolutely bizarre turn of events realized a week later that in the context of a job I had had extensive contact with the very guys (not appropriate to go into here either) who flew into the towers....the FBI was quite happy to debrief me a half dozen times.... and
4) It made me physically ill afterward, when as a former FA
trainer, the enormity of how bad our security training was continued to haunt me...
5) I'm not as against profiling as would be pc..... and am quite happy to stand in line with a trash novel and a fresh pedicure....for as long as it takes.
6) Finally El Al seems to have made a difficult process relatively short and above all REAL and EFFICIANT.... Let's give this TSA
thing a chance to find and train people in the same manner.
Off the soapbox....
There's nothing more beautiful than flying into the dawn.