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Old 10-31-2010, 08:55 AM   #41
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Whaddya bet at least one TSA guy gets in hot water for saying "turn your head and cough"...
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The real danger that needs to be addressed is the lavatories on the aircraft. It's the only place a passenger can be alone to mix chemicals, put together a weapon from smaller parts, etc. This is clearly an overlooked problem. If we care about security, the toilet should be out in the open, just like another seat, Once the airlines figure out that they can put a seatbelt on it and make room for a few more farepaying passengers, the idea will practically sell itself.
Wait-the flight attendants could use these seats, freeing up their foldup seats for paying passengers. They generally only sit for takeoff and landing, and that's precisely the time other folks aren't allowed to be in the lavatories anyway. A perfect solution.
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After talking to real police officers, I got the strong impression that the Transportation Security Officers include a number of folks who were rejects from the hiring process for various police departments and sheriff positions. That is, there are folks there who wanted to be real cops, didn't make it, and settled for the $10.33 to $15.93 per hour job, because it came with a uniform, shiny badge, and the ability to intimidate people on a daily basis.

There are also good, dedicated folks in TSA, but it just takes one of these former grade-school bullies to ruin a traveler's day and an organization's reputation.
I always got the impression they were rejects from the fast food industry. Most look like one flight of stairs would wind them.
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I've almost always been treated well by TSA. True, some didn't seem quite competent, but they have rarely been rude or otherwise inappropriate.

But to optimize your experience, insist that your agent be crotch-certified.
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The real danger that needs to be addressed is the lavatories on the aircraft. It's the only place a passenger can be alone to mix chemicals, put together a weapon from smaller parts, etc. This is clearly an overlooked problem. If we care about security, the toilet should be out in the open, just like another seat, Once the airlines figure out that they can put a seatbelt on it and make room for a few more farepaying passengers, the idea will practically sell itself.
Wait-the flight attendants could use these seats, freeing up their foldup seats for paying passengers. They generally only sit for takeoff and landing, and that's precisely the time other folks aren't allowed to be in the lavatories anyway. A perfect solution.
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If you punch in "Are airport back scatter x-ray machines harmful?", many sites will come up where you can read what health groups and science organizations have to say about the matter. Some of them think you cannot believe what the manufactures of these machines would like you to believe.
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Or just let the passengers inspect one another.
In addition to the considerable cost savings, this has the advantage of at least assuring the person doing the groping has a vested interest in finding weapons. Like the cop that searches the suspect before putting him in the back of his cruiser--he's plenty motivated to assure there's no gun in the guy's britches. I'm less convinced that a TSA employee doing 30 searches an hour is going to be as motivated.

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Just another overblown act in flight security theater. Doesn't make me feel one bit safer but makes flying even more unpleasant than it was previously.

I seem to recall George W. making a speech soon after 9/11 in which he said "we will not let these terrorists change our way of life". What a crock.
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I seem to recall George W. making a speech soon after 9/11 in which he said "we will not let these terrorists change our way of life". What a crock.
I think he was referring to the way of life of the Bush family...
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If visual inspection is included, why not try for a skid mark?
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