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(Popular Mechanics)   The U.S. has spent billions on security, and millions of people suffer delays and humiliation at TSA checkpoints, yet our skies remain less than fully safe. We can do better. Here's how   (popularmechanics.com) divider line 57
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2012-11-09 01:46:23 PM  

DittoToo: "A recent Gallup Poll showed that although slightly more than half of Americans approve of the agency's handling of security screening"

I'd be curious to see the breakdown of the percentage of those people who approve of the TSA that actually fly more than once a year.


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2012-11-09 01:55:01 PM  

redmid17: DittoToo: "A recent Gallup Poll showed that although slightly more than half of Americans approve of the agency's handling of security screening"

I'd be curious to see the breakdown of the percentage of those people who approve of the TSA that actually fly more than once a year.

Link


Yup, as a once-a-month flier, that is about what I expected.
 
2012-11-09 01:57:27 PM  
redmid17:

Oh, and thank you kindly for the link.
 
2012-11-09 05:00:33 PM  
Prior to 9/11, airlines were responsible for security in civil aviation and relied on private contractors who often used minimum wage, minimally trained employees to screen passengers and carry-on luggage.

As opposed to the minimum wage, minimally trained clowns that work for the TSA?

Here's a fix: Get rid of the TSA altogether, disband the sham that is Homeland Security, re-privatize airport security and supplement with airport police, local PD and FBI....y'know actual sworn officers with actual training. It's time for these child-molesting, luggage thieving, underpaid hall monitors to go. Make them get real jobs. Oh, wait....there aren't any real jobs anymore.

/What ~was~ I thinking?
 
2012-11-09 05:03:13 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: ChipNASA: Be Israel.

I'm not sure that reducing our number of international airports by 99.8% and vastly increasing the number of TSA "behavior detection officers" is really feasible.

If anything, the best approach would be to make every day "bat day" on each flight. Just like ballparks that occasionally give away free bats. Each person gets a big wooden bat before they board the airplane. Now, I know what you're going to say, maybe a terrorist gets a bat, and now he can use that to take over the airplane and beat his way into the cockpit. Ah, but here's the clever bit. You see, everyone else has got a bat. Abdul binUlulating is going to smack one, maybe two folks tops before he gets beat into the consistency of a thin gruel by the rest of the passengers. At the other end of the flight, everyone gives up their bats, they're cleaned and used for the next flight, just like blankets. First class passengers can get shiny aluminum ones with the airline's livery stamped on them.


I respectfully disagree: The blankets are not cleaned between flights.
 
2012-11-10 01:21:35 AM  

RandomAxe:

The only way to win against terrorism is to refuse to be terrified. Everything else is, at best, a draw.


This is true, but here's the hard part: getting people to realize that Al-Queda and other terrorist organizations really don't give a rat's ass about Aunt Louise's United Express flight to Duluth, MN. Americans used to pride themselves on being tough, but many now consider it their patriotic duty to be a frightened, whimpering chickenshiat
 
2012-11-10 04:24:20 AM  
Give free airfare to mafia members & then dare terrorists to try anything.
 
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