Skip to comments.Airliner Security Leaves Travelers More Vulnerable in Airports
Posted on 11/14/2012 9:34:24 AM PST by LSUfan
Since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, the federal government has gone to great lengths to keep weaponry of all sorts from finding its way on airliners.
The effectiveness of these measures is open to debate, but the idea has been to prevent items such as explosive devices fashioned in the form of contact lens saline solution bottles, shaving cream cans and the like from finding their way onto an airliner. The TSA is also supposed to be on the lookout for box cutters (and pocket knifes and fingernail files), as well as shoes loaded with explosives.
All of these measures have been reactivein response to both successful and failed terrorist plots from the past. Such is the nature of our bureaucratic counter terror apparatus. The enemy watches what we do and dreams up more methods to exploit holes and vulnerabilities in the defensive security measures. And, of course, once the enemy tries a new method, successful or otherwise, the TSA modifies its policies to defend against the last attack.
Americans of all philosophies are frustrated by what they perceive as onerous inconveniences and gross invasions of personal privacy.
But that is not the issue that should be of greatest concern to Americans. What should truly concern us all is that the measures that have locked down airliners tighter than a drum have created bottlenecks and choke points in airport terminals, leaving even larger numbers of travelers vulnerable to violent terrorist attack.
One attack on a airliner has the potential to kill anywhere from dozens to a few hundred innocent passengers. An attack on a busy airport terminal has the potential to kill several plane loads of travelers before they get on the airplane.
Take a look at the accompanying photographs and the vulnerability is clear.
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The TSA is not a first-line defense system against terrorism, period. To date, NONE of the famous so-called terrorist actions TSA touts as its list of accomplishments actually occured proactively before the fact. They were all after the fact, usually a failure of the terrorist’s mission.
DHS and TSA are paper tigers, plain and simple. Retroactive responses that carry no sense at all. Thieves, criminals and haters all.
Does anyone know if the TSA has EVER caught even a single terrorist?
The security and check in lines at airport terminals are huge targets. From a safety perspective, it’s essential to process people at these choke points as quickly as possible. If you or I think of targets like these, you can be sure terrorists consider them, too.
Now that aircraft flight decks, flight crews, and passengers are hardened by the the events of 9/11, terrorists are much less likely to try and seize aircraft in order to fly them into high priority targets. Keep in mind aircraft and passengers were not the prime targets on 9/11. The terrorists were after the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and possibly the Capitol building.
An enemy that can put 3 out of 4 airplanes on target in a single morning (plus the persistent rumors of who knows how many groups of swarthy men just walking away from their abruptly grounded airplanes and luggage and quietly melting away) can certainly simultaneously hit any number of checkpoints.
That would be a bad day, or as an opponent would call it a "Perfect Day"...
Because they are not looking for terrorists. They are looking for MONEY, in your shoes, in your clothing, on your body
Think also of the symbolic value for Jihadists if they could inflict mass casualties on Americans by conducting an attack specifically on the location that exists to supposedly protect Americans from them.
What better propaganda victory could they have than by showing there is no safety from Allah’s army by killing hundreds of innocent American civilians who were meandering through the security maze at a major airport?
This is something that bothers me. Some airports are particularly bad...Orlando has everyone filter thru a small area to get to the screening equipment, that seems not only vulnerable to attack, but a prime area for people being trampled should any emergency arise where people begin to panic. At some airports, the lines are nicely spread out, like Denver.
Think Japanese Red Army at Lod Airport in 1972.
Yep. Good thing we aren’t importing “refugees” from every islamist cesspit on earth as fast as we can too, ain’t it?
Because they are not looking for terrorists. They are looking for MONEY, in your shoes, in your clothing, on your body.
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Well, apparently the ONLY solution is to Unionize them.
Then we will be able to ‘double’ the # of ‘agents’, and management will be able to share in the ill gotten gains.
Of course, the actual passengers will have their rates adjusted -upward- to pay for this new surge of security.
Considering the budget for some of these terrorist acts is pretty high, but still chicken feed to the financiers, it is not out of the question to lease a cargo plane, fly it to the US under a plausible pretext, load it with a fuel bladder at a private airport and pick any convenient target. For symbolism, the 9/11 memorial is an obvious choice, but the bigger payoff would be something like the replacement for the WTC.
The only real danger to anyone in an airport is the TSA.
See my tag line for an airliner attack vector which is not being adequately defended to date. (search for term “runway kill zone”) The Runway Kill Zone blog has been up for a year and has produced a total yawn from the Secret Service, the Air Force, DHS, FBI and FAA who have all been sent the link to the blog, so they do not appear to regard it as “loose lips”.
Reactive policies are inevitable and supported because the public will demand protection after each new type of attack and agree to fund the protection.
Failure to anticipate and defend against attacks that are clearly visible to terrorists is tragic and foolish. Think of how relatively inexpensive it would have been to armor the cockpit doors. This has effectively preempted future “airliner as guided missile” attacks (except by terrorist or deranged pilot employees of airlines...see Egyptian airliner crash) and left terrorists limited mostly to “blow up the plane” tactics with explosives i carry-on, on the person or in cargo.
Note that the attacks to date on crowds in terminals mentioned in the article failed to freeze and airline passenger or freight traffic. The London subway attack was much more effective. Crowds can be found anywhere and blowing up a crowd doesn't seem to gratify the Islamist terrorist desire for a “spectacular” attack in the West.
Those relying upon Mack and Meyer for Hire, Mutt and Jeff, of Homeland Security, for their safety are, one feels quite confident in asserting, living in a fool’s paradise.
Personally, I now drive whenever possible.
Why are you pinging us?
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