I was surprised over the Thanksgiving holiday that most reports from airports were "today, nothing happened here." No protests, no awful lines, no YouTube or cell phone videos. Traveling is still hard and sometimes a nightmare, but people just want to get where they are going and, obviously, in one piece. I'm not sure the TSA's approach is the correct one and I get crazy when I'm delayed for some reason. But it looks like the process can work even during the4 busiest days of the year.
I think the danger is we'll relax both cargo measures and passenger screening now that fears didn't materialize over the holiday.
As for the idea of exempting frequent travelers from screening, I think that's a great idea. If travelers are given the option to do this, then it seems to me "profiling" is voluntary. Does that make is less offensive? I'm not sure about that...thoughts?
The ideal here is for TSA to find a way to bypass the frequent flyer like they finally agreed to bypass the Pilots. Those business travelers that travel day in and day out, should somehow be exempt from the constant scanning and pat downs. The TSA of-course will be concerned over profiling, but is it profiling to not scan people that travel a hundreds of thousands of miles per year or at least subject them to minimum security measures?
Government and other related agencies are taking all the security measures to take care about the passenger safety & more over to avoid a disaster type of events. Even though they had taken all this type of measures, we had seen certain terrorist activities that are taken places very recently. Very recently i had a bad experience with one of the airport in Europe. After the luggage check in , I had proceeded for the body checking through a scanner, they found out a pointed metallic part in one of my pocket, Actually its a key chain having a pointed part, which can be used as a tooth pick or ear bud at necessary time. But that makes my journey troubled & late by 2 hrs. After 30 minutes of rigorous questioned by higher security officials, they allow me to continue the journey after moving all the keys from that key chain & left it with the security peoples. Here what i would like to point out is, innocents peoples are always under the scanner & those (terrorist) who want to do something intentionally are bypassing all this security measures.
Like many other travelers I get myself worked up righteously over the queue to get through security, bodyscan and patdowns until I get on the plane. Then it's all forgotten as I wait for the first drink. By the time I get to my arrival port the inconvenience is a faint memory to be added to cocktail stories. That's the way I want it because the other side of too little security and a nasty flight is a nightmare I don't want to experience. So, spare me the bodyscan if it can be dangerous for my health but pat down if you must TSA.
Both Cargo and passaengers have to be screened. I am NOT a fan of pat downs though. A quick full body screen is the price we all have to pay for the added security. We can't just screen the Cargo as 9/11 has taught us. There are marters out there that are willing to do anything to hurt others. As soon as we take our eye off the security, someone will sneak on board and we'll all wonder how come the government did not do more to protect our safety.
None of this is meant to be comfortable or enjoyable, it is however, better than the alternative.
The security on US international airports is really tight. I really admire them for being the way they are. If are traveling into and out of the US or even via US, be ready to keep good amount of time for security check ins. But sometimes its really inconvenient but you got to go with the flow in order to avoid bigger problems.
I totally agree with your attitude on the security measures at the various ports. All the hysteria on scanning seems to be over blown. If this technology is not put to use and God forbid we have another plane catastrophy, then it will be the governments' fault for not using technologies are "more realiable" than humans. A simple choice is don't fly if you do not want to be inconvinienced.
I actually have less of a problem with security than I do with delays and sitting on the tarmac. So far, the security folks at the airports I fly in and out of have been very professional. I have heard horror stories about the pat-downs, though, and that is a shame.
Despite better security measures, people and packages containing explosives have still gotten on planes. As long as people are willing to kill themslves to take others with them, there will always be danger. To the credit of cargo carriers, they did discover the explosives before any damage was done. I wonder how many other near-misses we don't hear about. When these systems are working, you don't hear "in today's news, nothing happened at an airport."
Security can be expensive both monetary and otherwise. The discomfort and inconvenieces are the price we have to pay. Full body scan for me is a better alternative to being blown to pieces in a bomb blast.
There maybe other alternatives.
In a way i believe its the Humans that need more searching, not the Cargo. The worst threats have invloved people rather than Cargo.
Pressur is mounting to stop the body scan and use Paddown, which is itself also considered very offensive.
is there an easy way out?
Reports today carried the story of a Cancer Survivor being total humilated by the padown, which will definately worsen the battle against TSA's methods.
A website (www.wewontfly.com) is planning a "national Opt out day" on the 24th agains the body scanning based on Cancer risks.
According to me travelling by plane is really a nightmare especially to undergo all the security checks if they are going to implement changes its definitely going to become a roler coaster ride for passengers. i think the focus should be 99% on cargo and rest for about 1%.
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