Why scope and grope pilots?
Leonard K. writes:
Has it ever occurred to anyone how stupid it is to “scope and grope” pilots? If a pilot is determined to crash his own plane, he doesn’t have to sneak aboard a bomb, a knife, or anything at all.LA replies:
Laurence B. writes:
It’s even loonier than that! Many pilots, after completing a two-week intensive training course, are actually licensed to carry a firearm on the plane! They can legally bring guns into the cockpit, but have to be searched anyway. What are the TSA people looking for?N. writes:
This is why pilots go through scope and grope:Alexis Zarkov writes:
Leonard K. asks why the TSA requires airline pilots to go through security screening. Here is the thinking behind such a requirement. If a pilot can pass through security without being checked, he could, in theory bring, explosives and devices into a terminal and pass them on to other people. We know from the Bojinka Plot that the terrorists Ramzi Yousf and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed hatched a scheme to bring down 12 airliners at once using five operatives. I don’t know how carefully pilots are investigated, but it seems reasonable to check them along with everyone else. Of course TSA exempts its own personnel from checks, and that’s a major shortcoming of their system.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 17, 2010 07:52 PM | Send