The world now is not different than prior to 9/11. The fact that we felt it closer to home is. There has been and will always be terrorist attacks and my selfish career goals can not supersede my right to privacy and freedom. Alas the difference between does of us who believe in the right as an absolute and those who feel it can be dole out.
Does anyone actually think the next airline related terrorist attack will even come through the terminal? What about all the underscreened rampers, third party vendors and basically a **** ton of minimum wage employees that wouldn't mind an easy million for placing non-descrip package in with the checked bags?
The point is airport security is really 1 dimensional and really, a thicker smokescreen is just going to make us choke some more, not save any lives.
I hope someone actually reads your letter, but alas I think it is hopeless.
Well I'm terrified of everything and feel so much safer knowing that competent and professional TSA agents will be manning these machines. I always felt graphic photos of crew members genitals will keep the skys safe. Heaven forbid if one of them got to the controls.
Sorry for the rant but I feel very passionate about this subject and for the protection of this amazing country.
Pilot's shouldn't be having to fight these battles individually.
We should be able to concentrate on our job..you know flying the a/c safely and professionally.
Shame we haven't come up with some kind of system where we send a part of our paychecks to a pilot's club kind of group and then they fight these battles for us while we concentrate on our job.
They could do cool things like get the security issues fixed, unite us all nationwide to stand together, get the railway labor act fixed/updated to this century, fix rest/lack of food on trips with no breaks, stop airline managements from bringing in a larger plane every 5 or so years to the b-scale, I mean regionals (how f'n big is this "regional" region going to be anyway?)
They could do crazy things like say "since we're all one union, I mean club, and in the interest of unity all our brothers and sisters will stand together and not be divided, so if some of our "club members" have to stand in line with the pax then WE ALL WILL BECAUSE WE ARE A BROTHERHOOD and we stand together!. That way they know we stand behind them and will have our back when we need it. Then TOGETHER we can fix this broken industry."
I know, just crazy talk, but sometimes my mind wanders...