TSA did not properly ‘sell’ this to Americans

November 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

1) All pilots and all flight attendants are excluded from pat-downs and scanners??  What’s the friggin’ point, then?  Either we all are subject to the rules or we’re going to have an issue.  So the rationale is that it’s impossible for a terrorist to be disguised as a flight-attendant? It’s impossible to fake an ID badge? 

2) A bomb on a plane is not the only method terrorists have to kill 200 people.  But it’s the only one where very excessive scanning is used.

3) We’re not in any more danger of an air-based attack than we were in 2000 or even in 1990.  Yes, danger is there – but there is a privacy issue here that appears to have not been properly vetted and a process that was not properly sold to the American citizens. 

Can this issue be sold to Americans?  I think so.  Market it a little better.  Mainly…illustrate how much more effective it is.  If it’s SO much more effective, buy-in is more likely.  Address the concerns about privacy. What if the screener is someone we know?  How can we be sure the system isn’t keeping images or that there is no way an individual screener can circumvent the system to keep images (or simply take photos of the screen – cameras can be very small).  What is the punishment for anyone who is caught – is it considered as a severe misuse of power that carries mandatory jailtime?  While the shock will wear off and it’s likely something that we’ll simply get used to – the name of the TSA has been forever soiled because of the poor (completely absent) method of selling this to Americans.  A portion of the issue at hand is that the TSA said “Here’s what you’re going to do as a condition of traveling by air and there is nothing you can do about it!”  Well – Americans don’t like being told there’s nothing we can do.  It’s a challenge to us.  Why the TSA wanted to ‘dare us’ to do something about it is beyond me.  Whoever is running that show should be replaced. 

Here is a good report on showdowns between citizens and screeners:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40360965/ns/travel-news

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