Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Even the Pilots are not good with this!

I was just going to shut down my computer and nap for an hour before I have to get up for work and opened my browser, wanting to see my last post, when I saw this article on Fox, really, I read it only after my nightmare!

Pilots Dismayed at Airport Scanners, Pat-Downs

Published November 16, 2010

CHICAGO -- Airport security stops one airline pilot because he's carrying a butter knife. Elsewhere, crews opt for pat-down searches because they fear low-level radiation from body scanners could be harmful. And in San Diego, one traveler is told he can't fly at all when he likens an intrusive body search to sexual harassment.

Annoyance at U.S. security hassles has been on the rise among airline crews and passengers for years, but the widespread use of full-body image detectors this year and the simultaneous introduction of more intrusive pat-downs seems to have ramped up the frustration.

As passengers have simmered over being forced to choose scans by full-body image detectors or rigorous pat-downs inspections, some airline pilots are pushing back. Much of the criticism is directed at the Transportation Security Administration.

"I would say that pilots are beyond fed up," said Tom Walsh, a pilot and sometimes aviation security consultant. "The TSA is wasting valuable time and money searching the crew -- who are not a threat."

Even one of the nation's most celebrated pilots, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, has detected the growing unease...

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The worst part is this from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: "It's all about security,it's all about everybody recognizing their role."  What, as sheep and slaves of the state?

Hey, Benjamin Franklin, did you hear that? 

Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

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