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August 09, 2006



They can have my carry on when they pry it out of my cold dead hands. I checked a pistol once and someone tried to steal it. I carry on everything- I fly a lot- They lose and damage baggage all the time. I never pack more than I need and I carry an old fashioned hanging bag that will fit in the overhead even on an regional jet (the little one) or hang in the front closet on an MD 80. While I comply in every way that I can with security procedures, I don't think we are making much headway in actual prevention, and we are making it hard on the veteran business traveler (like me).


I vote we go after Norm Mineta for every cent of his pension and back-pay on account of the ridiculous anti-profiling measures and his stonewalling the TSA for armed-pilots. Rule #1 - all pilots are always armed.


I vote for scrapping the inept and useless screening at airports and putting the money into better intelligence gathering and training for airport employees on spotting suspicious people.


If you fly to Hawaii all you need are flip-flops, a t-shirt and shorts anyhow. I usually bring my snorkel and mask though - I suppose I could just bring the mouthpiece, but the mask has diopters for vision.


I don't see how disallowing checked baggage makes things any safer. As you point out, the airlines will hire anybody with a pulse to work the ground. That means an inside job is still very doable.

Since 9/11 I've refused to fly because I can't carry a loaded gun on board. That would improve the cabin safety. Of course that will never happen. Joe Huffman wrote a fine essay on just this topic, but I don't remember the URL.

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