US airlines are a frigging joke. Hypocrites of the highest order.
They whine about sterile cockpits and stuff for security reasons, but they allow anyone with a pulse to get within yards of an international flight, they staff the security desks with minimum wage rent-a-cops and their luggage matching programs might as well not exist for all the use they are.
Of course, this is secondary just in case 6 yr old Johnny who wants to visit the cockpit is really Ahmed the Middle Eastern terrorist in disguise. Never mind that the damn cockpit door is made of some crappy synthetic fiber that can be destroyed with a single swift kick by a paraplegic with attitude.
Gimme a frigging break folks. If I were a threat to the security of an aircraft, the only deterrent to my success would be that I was laughing too hard at the pathetic things they do in the name of security. Some people just get off on their powertrips and alas, this is an example of that.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada