Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-23-2010, 04:27 PM   #201
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,929
Quote:
Originally Posted by clifp View Post
The reason that Paquette and I are making a big deal about the radiation of the scanner isn't because it is huge risk, it is because the threat of terrorist is really small. Less than 25 people/per year over the last decade including 9/11.
Yup, and we're looking a radiation exposure levels from the Rapiscan 1000 and similar devices leading to 8 deaths from cancer per year using the TSA numbers, and a bit over 100 per year using the SFSU numbers.

I suspect that the most effective real changes post 9/11 were the changes to a locked and armored cockpit door, and increased passenger awareness (e.g., a hijacking is no longer an inconvenient detour, but something a passenger might want to act on. AKA "Let's roll!", or "Excuse me, steward, but this gentleman seems to be tying to light his shoelaces on fire.")
__________________

__________________
M Paquette is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-23-2010, 05:25 PM   #202
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
clifp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,450
Quote:
Originally Posted by M Paquette View Post
Yup, and we're looking a radiation exposure levels from the Rapiscan 1000 and similar devices leading to 8 deaths from cancer per year using the TSA numbers, and a bit over 100 per year using the SFSU numbers.

I suspect that the most effective real changes post 9/11 were the changes to a locked and armored cockpit door, and increased passenger awareness (e.g., a hijacking is no longer an inconvenient detour, but something a passenger might want to act on. AKA "Let's roll!", or "Excuse me, steward, but this gentleman seems to be tying to light his shoelaces on fire.")
Exactly and these changes were met with widespread approval. The real threat is turning in airlines full of fuel into a weapons and cockpit doors really solved this along with population ready to fight back. Realistically the only way repeat 9/11 happens is if the terrorist recruit an airline pilot.

The explosive testing for checked luggage was an expensive piece of security but probably worth it. Cause you can put a bomb large enough to take down an airplane in 50 lb suitcase.

As Nord's suggest I'd really like to see Mythbuster do a piece on how likely it is take down a commercial aircraft with a shoe bomb, much less a cavity bomb. I suspect that you don't even need to be a Sully level super-pilot to successful land a 7x7 with a hole made by a grenade or a shoe bomb. My guess is that a cavity bomb wouldn't even kill everybody in your row.


It seems me that security measures have rapidly devolved from the obvious, to the sensible to the pointless, to the silly, to the maddening, and now with scanners and groping to the dangerous and traumatizing.
__________________

__________________
clifp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 05:32 PM   #203
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
brewer12345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,391
If my kids' teachers touched them the way the TSA is conducting "patriotic touching," the absolute best they could hope for would be a nasty lawsuit and criminal charges. The worst, well, let's not go there. Why on earth would people put up with this?
__________________
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."



- Will Rogers
brewer12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 05:39 PM   #204
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,137
To those who say "Well stay home if you don't like it", I have another suggestion. Why don't all you who soil your shorts at the thought of terrorists stay home? Those of us who intend to enjoy all the freedoms for which our ancestors sacrificed will fly and take our chances.
__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 05:52 PM   #205
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: France
Posts: 1,195
Quote:
Originally Posted by clifp View Post
As Nord's suggest I'd really like to see Mythbuster do a piece on how likely it is take down a commercial aircraft with a shoe bomb, much less a cavity bomb. I suspect that you don't even need to be a Sully level super-pilot to successful land a 7x7 with a hole made by a grenade or a shoe bomb. My guess is that a cavity bomb wouldn't even kill everybody in your row.
A couple of years ago, the BBC demonstrated how to blow a hole 2 feet across in the hull of an airliner using two 3-ounce bottles of liquids (the professor doing the experiment didn't tell us what was in the bottles, for obvious reasons), and that was on the ground - no allowance for the further effects of depressurisation. I think that the aircraft would probably be lost if that happened at FL370, cf Pan Am flight 103.

Of course, that also demonstrates that the current liquid restrictions aren't much use. As others have noticed, we're always fighting the last battle. Underwear bomb? X-ray crotches. 330ml PET bottle with explosives? Limit people to 100ml.
__________________
Age 56, retired July 1, 2012; DW is 60 and working for 2 more years. Current portfolio is 2000K split 50 stocks/20 bonds/30 cash. Renting house, no debts.
BigNick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 05:54 PM   #206
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,074
I believe I hear the unmistakable sound of little piggy feet approaching...
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 06:19 PM   #207
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
thefed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,203
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigNick View Post
I'm from the FBI, and I heard that there might be anthrax in your home. Can I come in and check? No? Well, I'm coming in anyway. After all, there might be anthrax, and that kills people. So I'm coming into your home tonight. And tomorrow. Hey, your wife is pretty hot. I'll come back twice at the weekend.

I'm not sure I understand this. Are you saying that if the Taliban abuses kids, that it's OK for us to abuse kids? I presume that that's not what you mean, but I'm struggling for another interpretation of your words.

If you refuse to be scanned, there needs to be an alternate measure...which is a pat down. Why is that pill so hard to swallow?

And regarding the 2 year old that was patted down (I have not seen the video footage yet if there is some) - why should a 2 year old be exempt from a pat down or scan? That makes no sense. THAT is my point, no interpretation needed
__________________
thefed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 06:34 PM   #208
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Keim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Moscow
Posts: 1,128
Quote:
Originally Posted by thefed View Post
If you refuse to be scanned, there needs to be an alternate measure...which is a pat down. Why is that pill so hard to swallow?

And regarding the 2 year old that was patted down (I have not seen the video footage yet if there is some) - why should a 2 year old be exempt from a pat down or scan? That makes no sense. THAT is my point, no interpretation needed
That pill is hard to swallow for some because we believe that our 4th amendment rights protect us from unreasonable search and seizure.

Here is the amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Does the gov't have probable cause to issue a warrant for you to be detained and searched because you plan to ride an airplane? Last I checked riding a plane was a legal activity. Thus the gov't has no cause, and can issue no warrant for abrogation of your rights.
__________________
You can't enlighten the unconscious.
But you can hit'em upside the head a few times to make sure they are really out...
Keim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 07:12 PM   #209
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
brewer12345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keim View Post
That pill is hard to swallow for some because we believe that our 4th amendment rights protect us from unreasonable search and seizure.

Here is the amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Does the gov't have probable cause to issue a warrant for you to be detained and searched because you plan to ride an airplane? Last I checked riding a plane was a legal activity. Thus the gov't has no cause, and can issue no warrant for abrogation of your rights.
Exactly.

On top of that, I do a public service job that I had to pass a background check for. You really need to porno-scan or grope me?
__________________
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."



- Will Rogers
brewer12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 07:47 PM   #210
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
calmloki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Independence
Posts: 5,459
http://http://twitter.com/jasonmusti...88050387550208

Body scans and genital fondlings would save more lives if our Government was paying to have them done in hospitals rather than airports.
__________________
calmloki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 08:03 PM   #211
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA suburbs
Posts: 1,769
After my trip to FL by plane for Christmas and New Year's, I think I will look into Amtrak for a trip to New York I was planning in March. I can get on The Pennsylvanian at 8:00 a.m. in the town where I live and get to Penn Station around 4:30 or so. I don't have to drive all the way to PIT and pay for parking either as I can walk from the parking space I use for work to the train station. I understand it is a scenic trip and hopefully would be a relaxing one, too. I have a lot of sympathy for people who have to fly frequently for business these days.
__________________
WhoDaresWins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 08:20 PM   #212
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
clifp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,450
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigNick View Post
A couple of years ago, the BBC demonstrated how to blow a hole 2 feet across in the hull of an airliner using two 3-ounce bottles of liquids (the professor doing the experiment didn't tell us what was in the bottles, for obvious reasons), and that was on the ground - no allowance for the further effects of depressurisation. I think that the aircraft would probably be lost if that happened at FL370, cf Pan Am flight 103.

Of course, that also demonstrates that the current liquid restrictions aren't much use. As others have noticed, we're always fighting the last battle. Underwear bomb? X-ray crotches. 330ml PET bottle with explosives? Limit people to 100ml.

Airplanes are pretty rugged machines. During WWII tens of thousand of bombers returned despite being literally riddle with holes by explosive ordnance in the 20 -40 MM range and sometimes as large as 88 MM. These warheads range from a few ounce similar to the 3 oz bottles to a few pounds. In many cases these aircraft landed with several foot wide holes in the fuselage.

During the Vietnam war B52 which are roughly the size of 767 and have pressurized cabins, also returned home despite being hit with 57-100 MM anti-aircraft shells and in some cases Surface to Air missile with 100+ lb warheads.

I am not saying that one of these bombs couldn't bring down a commercial jetliner, just saying that 2 foot hole in a 200' long 200 ton aircraft is by no means a death sentence for the passengers and crew.
__________________
clifp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 08:41 PM   #213
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
thefed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,203
Quote:
Originally Posted by brewer12345 View Post
Exactly.

On top of that, I do a public service job that I had to pass a background check for. You really need to porno-scan or grope me?
short answer....yes. it doesnt matter what your background is...'bad' people at one point or another had clean backgrounds....right?

you go through a metal detector to go to a basketball game
some kids go thru detectors and have bags searched when entering schools
your bags and such are inspected when entering amusement parks
your car can be searched for literally no reason at all by the police...PC is bullshit and can be created out of thin air...ask a cop
ever go to a major courthouse? what happens when you walk in those front doors


the list goes on.

these are all 'legal' activities. you also have a choice not to participate in these 'legal activities' if you so choose.
__________________
thefed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:00 PM   #214
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
clifp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,450
Quote:
Originally Posted by thefed View Post
short answer....yes. it doesnt matter what your background is...'bad' people at one point or another had clean backgrounds....right?

you go through a metal detector to go to a basketball game
some kids go thru detectors and have bags searched when entering schools
your bags and such are inspected when entering amusement parks

these are all 'legal' activities. you also have a choice not to participate in these 'legal activities' if you so choose.


No it does matter what your background is. Brewer may get mad and call his boss an idiot but he isn't going to blow up an airplane. Once the Airline/TSA verify that Brewer is the same guy with a security clearance, and has kids they should let him board a plane with minimal delay, walkthru a metal detector and xray his carry on period. No removal of shoes or toilet articles, no need to see if he is carrying a bomb in his underwear etc.

I've never had a cop search my vehicle even when there sure that I was armed robber because I matched his description. Everything you mention is a minimally invasive and makes lots of sense. Lots of criminals go to courthouses, criminal have guns, checking for guns probably safes lives and take all of 20 seconds. Rowdy fans routinely try to smuggle alcohol into sporting events depriving stadiums of revenue and presenting a safety issue when the throw bottles.

Personally, I don't remember me or my daypack being searched when I went to Disneyland a few years ago but I guess it maybe standard procedure at someplaces.
__________________
clifp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:07 PM   #215
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
jIMOh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Milford, OH
Posts: 2,085
Quote:
Originally Posted by jIMOh View Post
here is a novel idea... make security checks as complex as the tax code.

I have been to Canada and Mexico and that is the gist of me being "out of the country". How about having a segment of the flying population go thru an FBI/NSA background test. Similar to getting a government top secret security clearence? Then issue those people a special ID, and when I present that ID to fly, and avoid some of the obtrusive security checks.

For anyone which travels more and broader (meaning you go to Europe and South America), have an extra step in the background checking process. Might take 6-12 months longer to get your clearence (who you been visiting in south america?) and then issue a similar ID.

Eventually you can figure out who the terrorists are, because anyone flying to certain locations would be subject to screening 100% of the time. Ever been to Saudi Arabia? Or Pakistan? Sucks to be you, you cannot get the special ID and must be searched EVERY time for EVERY flight.

Makes too much sense to ever be done.

If a terrorist is homegrown, this presents a challenge (I guess), but anyone which has a passport and it has been tracked they have visited a certain country would always be subject to searching.
Not all politicians are stupid, they are already doing this

TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security - Yahoo! News
__________________
Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. One person's stupidity is another person's job security.
jIMOh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:09 PM   #216
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 45
"I think I found the Titanic!"
__________________
Skye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:15 PM   #217
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 16,372
Quote:
Originally Posted by thefed View Post
short answer....yes. it doesnt matter what your background is...'bad' people at one point or another had clean backgrounds....right? ...
People with high-level federal security clearances, if they turn 'bad', are in a position to do a lot more damage in their professions than when traveling.
__________________
“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Bestwifeever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:15 PM   #218
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
jIMOh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Milford, OH
Posts: 2,085
Quote:
Originally Posted by thefed View Post
short answer....yes. it doesnt matter what your background is...'bad' people at one point or another had clean backgrounds....right?

you go through a metal detector to go to a basketball game
some kids go thru detectors and have bags searched when entering schools
your bags and such are inspected when entering amusement parks
your car can be searched for literally no reason at all by the police...PC is bullshit and can be created out of thin air...ask a cop
ever go to a major courthouse? what happens when you walk in those front doors


the list goes on.

these are all 'legal' activities. you also have a choice not to participate in these 'legal activities' if you so choose.
Metal detectors don't cause cancer do they?
Radiation does.

If everyone which flew was required to go thru a "top secret" level background check, that process would

a) verify where person had been for last 10 years (or more)
b) verify who a person's friends are (this would trigger certain things if any of these people are on watch lists)
c) require this process be renewed every X years (I suggest every 3 years)

If a person is required to supply 10 years worth of references which proved employment, community they live in, and general lifestyle, and each year required 10-15 UNIQUE references (references which vouch for a person's character, location, occupation), using 7 degrees of seperation, a connection could be done if a known terrorist is found. If a person resided in another country, a certain % of references have to be from that location and verifiable by US NSA or similar agents.

It would be expensive, but not more expensive than what the TSA is currently doing, IMO.
__________________
Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. One person's stupidity is another person's job security.
jIMOh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:32 PM   #219
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Koolau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Leeward Oahu
Posts: 3,240
Quote:
Originally Posted by clifp View Post


As Nord's suggest I'd really like to see Mythbuster do a piece on how likely it is take down a commercial aircraft with a shoe bomb, much less a cavity bomb.
I'm trying to decide whether it would be Adam or Jamie alluding to "the sh** hitting the fan(jet)."
__________________
Ko'olau's Law -

Anything which can be used can be misused. Anything which can be misused will be.
Koolau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2010, 09:46 PM   #220
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,317
A quote from Janet Napolitano contained in "The Hill":

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

If they try their scanners and pat downs on trains, buses, and ships there will be hell to pay. To me that would demonstrate a lust for power not an attempt to protect.
__________________

__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:38 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.