Monday, July 10, 2006

Airline safety plan, Really Annoying=Really Safe

Ann Coulter raged against stupid Security Procedures in her article on the 20th of September, 2001. Really Annoying isn't equal to safe no matter how annoying it is. From the article: JUST as I predicted, the new "security procedures" adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation in response to the most deadly hijackings in history will be incredibly burdensome for millions of American travelers but, at the same time, will do absolutely nothing to deter hijackers.

I point this out because despite the really annoying checks we assumed that anyone who had something that would scream "Danger Will Robinson" in a nice loud voice, we learn that despite those checks, nothing happens.

I must take a moment and thank Hot Air for this one.

I think I can explain the situation for you all. A man, with a Muslim name, who packed a battery taped to a clock in his carry on luggage, also had hollowed out shoes. In short, he had everything but the explosives and that alone should have gotten him out of the airport in one hell of a hurry right? No, they PUT THE MAN ON THE PLANE. Good news is that FBI agents talked to this suspicious man at his destination. Now, if he had been planning on blowing up the plane, the FBI would have had to travel to the wreckage site to question the remains, but it's good to know they are following up right?

Houston police and the federal Transportation Security Administration disagree over who is responsible for allowing a man with what appeared to be bomb components board an aircraft at Hobby Airport last week.
Although the FBI eventually cleared the man of wrongdoing, police officials have transferred the officer involved and are investigating the incident while insisting that the TSA, not police, has the authority to keep a suspicious person from boarding a flight.

Now, Hobby Airport is also known as the Houston Airport in Texas for those who don't know.

The incident gained enough attention at higher levels of the TSA that the FBI was asked to investigate. The TSA issued a statement saying its screeners "acted in accordance with their training and protocols."
FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett in Atlanta said agents there investigated the passenger.
"It was looked at and deemed a non-event," Emmett said, declining to give further details.

Atlanta is in Georgia (my own state of Residence) which is just about 800 miles from Hobby airport in Houston Texas. They literally put a man on the plan who had bomb making materials, components needed to make a bomb, and then questioned him when he arrived 800 miles away.
A Non Event, would it have been a non event if the plan had blown up over Arkansas? I just want to make sure that we are on the same sheet of music.

We are no safer on aircraft today than we were on September 10th 2001. In fact, the false sense of security we experience from the Really Annoying searches and waits is worse than the lack of security we saw evidenced on 9-11.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin and It Shines For All are also reporting on this.


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