The TSA or “Thousands Standing Around” do not make air travel more safer. Maybe you have heard that before. Better yet, maybe you have heard since 9-11 there has not been another event of this type in the US. Guess that means the formation of the DHS and TSA have improved airport security. For many sheeple, this is the case. They are fed by the mainstream media and believe these “enhanced techniques” are for THEIR own good and will help prevent another 9-11.
We continue to see stories of passengers and pilots coming forth to expose lapses or their stories. Two recent stories, one from Texas where a woman was arrested after not giving up her Constitutional rights to be “raped” by the TSA for security purposes. Comments from others, “I understand her side of it, and their side as well, but it is for our protection so I have no problems with it” and “It’s unfortunate that that happened and she didn’t get to fly home, but it makes me feel a little safer.” Wow! The other story out of California told of a pilot who recorded the “farce” that is airlines security and is now being hassled by local police and the government.
It’s interesting, some of the comments he makes, that I made years ago, right here on T6F. “I wanted to give you an idea of what type of security the ground crews go through, their screening is sliding a card and going through a door. Not screened at all,” the story says. That’s right folks! In my 11 years at LAX and SFO I never used the security checkpoints. In fact I made it a point to skirt those checkpoints until it was MANDATORY for all airline employees to use.
My guess is, if I would have recorded my “Adventures in Security” at LAX and SFO, I probably would have been fired, at the least reprimanded to some degree. Why? Because I was exposing something the DHS, TSA and U.S. Government doesn’t think is a problem. There were countless times I walked on the ramp without my badge in plain site, above my waist and never questioned.
Nor was I ever questioned (but once) when I used my airport/company ID badge when accessing a secured door. At LAX instead of changing the policy they changed the rules as it related to a secured door. No longer could it be used to access the ramp, but it could be used to enter the terminal (behind ticketing). As for the one incident, I was escorting my sister, at the time fellow employee of United Airlines, who was in full uniform with two ID badges. I was stopped by a gung-ho supervisor who told me I could not do this. After arguing with him, we decided to use a different door to access the ramp. Needless to say, I was reprimanded for this incident.
Unfortunately this “grassroots” effort is not organized. Pilots and air travelers alike end up being persecuted, reprimanded and made an example of by the DHS. The more words and images of aviation (in)security get out, maybe the government will be a bit more worried about the work program they have going, known as the TSA.