Oh how the press has played this whole Christmas attempted terrorist attack. First, nobody is denying that this was an attempted terrorist attack. However, just when did the US obtain the power to dictate the security programs of other countries. As I understand it. They guy flew from Nigeria to Amsterdam, had been checked by their security, and THEN was allowed to board a plane for Detroit. So what does this have to do with American security? Am I missing the point here? This guy was on a PLANE flying INTO the US. So should we now hire overseas TSA specialiststo now offer another checkpoint for passengers with the audacity to fly to the US.
Yes, that is the answer!!! We need to recruit and train US TSA personnel to serve in an overseas capacity. After all passengers go through the security of say Amsterdam or Heathrow, they could then go through a the new security measure introduced by the US the National Unrestricted Detection Examination or NUDE. Now passengers will fly nude. This will cost more now because we will have to separate the sexes and provide for extra heat on overseas flights, but in the name of security why not?
Are you detecting a sense of sarcasm here? While I am all for security, I also know that there is a limit as to how much security there can be. If someone really wants to blow up a plane, they will find a way. Now, that being said, just what further can be done to degrade travelers. Case in point, I flew through Chicago last year, the worst experience of my life flying. I had flown after 9/11 but this was ridiculous. Most of it was the airline’s problem. I ended up staying due to my flight arriving late and my connection taking off without me. Despite the fact I got to the gate and the flight was siting "right there". But, I now had the chance to go through security. I made sure I got a 10AM flight so I could arrive 2 hours early. Good thing. As we all like zombies practically disrobed and put everything in a tray. I felt like I was in one of those horrible futuristic movies and was waiting for Peter Sellers to show up. Anyway, this 87 year old man in a wheel chair, had to go through security. Now, I just know I feel so safe about this. Anyway, they made him get up out of his chair, a feet that one could see was a problem, and made him walk through the metal detector! Ok, the punchline, he did not have his shoes on and they could not help him so that they could ensure he was "safe" for flight. And of course the first time did not work so he had to go through a second time. THE MAN COULD HARDLY WALK!!! Hence, the need for a wheel chair. Once through the detector, the security people and a person helped him get his shoes back on and got him through. Nothing about this is bad for security. They were entirely professional. But can anyone else SEE that this is ridiculous!!! I know that I felt much safer on my flight because that man was disarmed and could not charge the cabin. I am not advocating less security, but how about security with COMMON SENSE? What threat did this man possibly have that could have been a security risk? Ok, check the man out but they did not have to risk his health by making him go through the security checkpoint that way. They could have used wands (electronic)and not make him risk getting up. Now, if this is what is mean by security, I am rooting for the return of train travel.
I understand the need to check everything out, but let’s use a little common sense. I know I can here the security advocates now, you want to be secure right? Well, yes but my question in return is just what risk did this man have or serve? I guess I can feel somewhat comforted in that they did not make him take his teeth out. That’s next. And the airlines don’t understand why people don’t want to fly, minus the fact they are never on time.
But, let’s not forget the real issue here. Security is not 100%. This was a foreign flight coming IN to the US and what possible way could the US have done to determine the risk of this one person? I just don’t see it