A lot of people are pretty pissy about this full body screening and pat downs at airlines. I honestly don't know how to feel about it myself.
My indifference on this subject may have to do with the fact that I never see me flying anywhere ever again though.
(Why yes, yes it is, quite a cop out.)
September 11th, 2001 changed a lot of things. Those planes being used as missiles were jarring.
But now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that pilots get to bypass this screening process.
Now that's a bit of a head scratcher to me.
As I recall it was planes used to attack us in September of 2001. Piloted planes at that.
So now we're giving a pass to those who pilot planes?
If we're screening passengers, who for the most part can't fly a plane, we should be screening people who can definitely pilot them. You know, like pilots.
While I have mixed feelings on this screening and pat down process over all, if it's going to be required and carried out, letting pilots off the hook makes no sense to me.
Of course to many people, this whole process makes no sense. As I stated earlier I have mixed feelings about it. I'm all for safety, but this seems to cross a line to me. It's a tough call and situation in an attempt to provide safe travel, yet infringes on privacy rights.
I think no matter your stance on this subject, it make as much sense, or as little sense, to screen pilots as you would any other person boarding a plane. Just simply for the sake of ensuring the person flying the plane isn't armed as well.
Can you imagine the embarrassment the TSA would have to endure if an armed pilot turned a plane into a missile? I think screening those responsible for flying the plane itself would be a good first line of defense myself.