TSA (airport security) Informative - A lot of room for improvement

Review by N. on 2006-07-07
I can't believe this company hasn't been listed until now for complaints. I hope and pray that airport security is working on improvements. Last time I flew was February, but my husband is a pilot for a private charter airline and flies often aboard the "big" airlines to get to certain airports to start his workday or end it. What we have both witnessed is scarey. They should not be allowed to let babies in strollers bypass the metal detectors and not be searched. How long will it be before a terrorist observes this and plants God-knows-what in a stroller and gets it on the plane? We have seen handicapped people asked if they can get out of their wheelchair and walk thru the metal detector. The elderly gentleman tried his best to stand alone and walk thru and nearly fell. This was so unnecessary. They have wands for this sort of thing. Due to the nature of his job, my husband frequently is booked on an airlines at the last minute by his company. This automatically tags him for a search of his person and luggage. Some of the bigger airlines cancel out this practice as he is also tagged as a frequent flyer. But the majority still have him searched even though he is in full uniform and has proper ID. That doesn't sound so bad by itself, but he is a fanatical packer. He has to be. His schedule takes him away from home for 7 days at a time. His case contains only the essentials, yet it is so tight it cannot be closed if not perfectly packed. TSA has a habit of pulling out most of the clothing items and some are rude enough to ask him to put it all back. Hubby likes to tell them "I packed it once today, now it's your turn". But often he is short on time and cannot wait to watch them struggle with it. I have more tales that I could tell, but want to be as brief as possible. This is 2006. Can't we do better then that for airport security?
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-07-12
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-07:
Sorry, but I think airport security is a joke allot of the TSA people are becoming more like humans but there are too many with delusions of power. I don't think there is a way to be 100% no matter what you do but making people live in fear is surly not the answer.
Posted by S on 2006-07-07:
I thought the TSA was operated by the government? I agree they are consistently rude, but perhaps that is the front they try to put on.
Posted by rhondam718732 on 2006-07-07:
While I understand the "nature" of your complaint - I completely disagree. Having to repack a suitcase in the name of travel security is a small price to pay. As far as baby strollers - I am surprised you witnessed this. Since my son was 5 mths old and we travelled - I have ALWAYS been told to fold up the stroller and carry my son thru myself with the stroller being screened separately. I was once even pulled aside for a search when my son was 5 mths old and he had to be undressed to some degree a s well. It's the rules and if the airports aren'tdoing it - they should.
Posted by Doc J on 2006-07-07:
It would be preferable to screen passengers like the Israelis...the passenger is assessed for risk through direct questioning/observation by a security officer and then the baggage appropriately searched as a follow-up. The Israelis profile passengers...effective but at odds with the US Constitution. Israeli screening is thorough, polite, and effective. In comparison, TSA is merely comical theatrics by rude, untrained actors. Only because the terrorists have not tried, have we avoided another 9-11, and not due to the competency of the TSA. Good post!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-07:
Posted by glc on 2006-07-07:
A visit to the TSA website: "The TSA is a component of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for security of the nation's transportation systems" We are in BIG trouble!!!! Oh, and here is their motto, "VIGILANT, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT". We have been VERY lucky that there have been no tragedies in the air, or at an airport because basically, the TSA is INEFFECTIVE!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-07:
I feel for you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-08:
Not a single domestic hijacking since the establishment of the TSA – IAW populace logic it must be working.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-12:
Stew: Logic is not logical besides I think the TSA is operated under the science of chaos so therefore I would say logically it is only a matter of time before it happens again.

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