In a way though, it does have to do with TSA
What I mean is this:
Is it not a little outrageous that baggage handlers, along with caterers and fuelers and all the rest of the apron workers, are EXEMPT from regular TSA
screening, while PILOTS, on the other hand, are marched through the metal detectors and subject to most of the same goofy restrictions and protocols as passengers.
screening wouldn't necessarily have prevented these thefts, I realize that. AND
, I'm not implying that apron workers are criminals. BUT, let's be realistic, if we're going to screen at all, can't we please do it rationally? If you're going to screen pilots, how can you NOT screen tarmac workers? Either screen both groups, or neither.
As an on-duty pilot, I recently had a piece of AIRLINE SILVERWARE confiscated from my luggage by airport security. Meanwhile, airport tarmac workers can saunter through a turnstyle unmolested, and are subject only to very infrequent "random" TSA