Boston Arrests Highlight TSA Folly

Old Jun 1, 14, 7:14 pm
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Boston Arrests Highlight TSA Folly

Now in my latest ASK THE PILOT post...


The arrest of five airline employees in Boston underscores one of the most ridiculous protocols of airport security: the fact that tarmac workers are exempt from TSA screening, while pilots and flight attendants are not.

For the past thirteen years, pilots and flight attendants have been subject to the same tedious screening as passengers, while baggage handlers, cleaners, mechanics, caterers and the like have been able to saunter through unmanned checkpoints.

No disrespect to the thousands of honest and hardworking ground staff out there, but let's be truthful: which is the potential higher-risk employee group, airline pilots or apron workers?

At many airports Known Crew Member (KCM) checkpoints now allow flight and cabin crew to bypass the normal TSA rigmarole. That's a welcome change, but the fact that it took over a decade for this program to get going is an embarrassment. And we still have to stand at a kiosk while a guard fusses with our credentials, while ramp workers merely swipe their badges at an electronic door or turnstile.


PLUS...

Also last week the renowned graphic designer Massimo Vignelli passed away at age 83.

Unfortuantely for Vignelli, he lived just long enough to witness the ruination of what was perhaps his greatest work: the famous "AA" emblem of American Airlines.

It was once said of Vignelli's work: "If you do it right, it will last forever,"

Alas, not necessarily.


The full story is here...

http://www.askthepilot.com/tsa-arres...simo-vignelli/


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Old Jun 1, 14, 8:52 pm
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No one should be exempt from TSA harassment. If it's too cumbersome for crew, then let's instead throw TSA the hell out of our airports permanently.
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Old Jun 2, 14, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
No one should be exempt from TSA harassment. If it's too cumbersome for crew, then let's instead throw TSA the hell out of our airports permanently.
but its not too cumbersome for crew - its too cumbersome for airport workers....
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Old Jun 2, 14, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by GateHold View Post
Now in my latest ASK THE PILOT post...


The arrest of five airline employees in Boston underscores one of the most ridiculous protocols of airport security: the fact that tarmac workers are exempt from TSA screening, while pilots and flight attendants are not.

For the past thirteen years, pilots and flight attendants have been subject to the same tedious screening as passengers, while baggage handlers, cleaners, mechanics, caterers and the like have been able to saunter through unmanned checkpoints.

No disrespect to the thousands of honest and hardworking ground staff out there, but let's be truthful: which is the potential higher-risk employee group, airline pilots or apron workers?

At many airports Known Crew Member (KCM) checkpoints now allow flight and cabin crew to bypass the normal TSA rigmarole. That's a welcome change, but the fact that it took over a decade for this program to get going is an embarrassment. And we still have to stand at a kiosk while a guard fusses with our credentials, while ramp workers merely swipe their badges at an electronic door or turnstile.


PLUS...

Also last week the renowned graphic designer Massimo Vignelli passed away at age 83.

Unfortuantely for Vignelli, he lived just long enough to witness the ruination of what was perhaps his greatest work: the famous "AA" emblem of American Airlines.

It was once said of Vignelli's work: "If you do it right, it will last forever,"

Alas, not necessarily.


The full story is here...

http://www.askthepilot.com/tsa-arres...simo-vignelli/


Patrick Smith
And a funny...

Your link reads: "http://www.askthepilot.com/tsa-arrests-massimo-vignelli/"

Poor guy. Arrested and then dies immediately.

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Old Jun 2, 14, 8:28 pm
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Originally Posted by GateHold View Post
Now in my latest ASK THE PILOT post...


The arrest of five airline employees in Boston underscores one of the most ridiculous protocols of airport security: the fact that tarmac workers are exempt from TSA screening, while pilots and flight attendants are not.

For the past thirteen years, pilots and flight attendants have been subject to the same tedious screening as passengers, while baggage handlers, cleaners, mechanics, caterers and the like have been able to saunter through unmanned checkpoints.

No disrespect to the thousands of honest and hardworking ground staff out there, but let's be truthful: which is the potential higher-risk employee group, airline pilots or apron workers?

At many airports Known Crew Member (KCM) checkpoints now allow flight and cabin crew to bypass the normal TSA rigmarole. That's a welcome change, but the fact that it took over a decade for this program to get going is an embarrassment. And we still have to stand at a kiosk while a guard fusses with our credentials, while ramp workers merely swipe their badges at an electronic door or turnstile.


PLUS...

Also last week the renowned graphic designer Massimo Vignelli passed away at age 83.

Unfortuantely for Vignelli, he lived just long enough to witness the ruination of what was perhaps his greatest work: the famous "AA" emblem of American Airlines.

It was once said of Vignelli's work: "If you do it right, it will last forever,"

Alas, not necessarily.


The full story is here...

http://www.askthepilot.com/tsa-arres...simo-vignelli/


Patrick Smith
Agree regarding ramp worker screening.
Disagree regarding Vignelli - I'd argue the NYC Subway map trumps the AA logo.
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Old Jun 3, 14, 10:28 am
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Screening ramp workers would not be seen by passengers, so there's no theater. Screening crew, or allowing them to bypass screening, is hugely theatrical.

When the choice is between theatre or focusing on the threat (as minuscule as the ramper threat is), theater wins every time.
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