The Christmas Bombing Attempt Of A NWA A330 Has The TSA In A
Tizzy -- and NOT In A Good Way
ANN is researching data and
documents being sent to us by "proud members" of a 'major airline'
pilot's union that has examined current heightened procedures
dictated by the TSA.
In a Security Committee Update to its pilot/members, a December
31st missive describes the latest TSA efforts (which have been
renewed and are expected to remain in place until at least January
4th, 2010), as a 'knee-jerk response...'
The message is realistic and critical... "In this business
we are faced with a tough problem: the TSA is falling all over
itself to not discriminate and allow these people on our planes;
our government is releasing known terrorists that turn around and
plot our destruction. In the end, our security depends on your
professionalism and vigilance. The threat is real -- do not let
your guard down! You -- not the TSA, not the Company, are the last
line of defense. If you think the security of your flight is in
jeopardy, stop and get it resolved."
The Security is quite critical of TSA efforts currently in
place, noting that, "This is an appeal to all flight crews to
be especially alert as a result of the attempt to blow-up the
Northwest flight on Christmas Day. It should now be obvious to all
that the security procedures forced upon us by the TSA and Homeland
Security have in fact turned out to be the facade that we all knew
them to be. The latest TSA knee-jerk response is more of the same;
however the company and the flight crews have no choice but to
comply. Therefore we are asking all crews, both international and
domestic, to be at a heightened state of security
We know the latest procedures
from the aviation 'security experts' at the TSA are ridiculous. No
announcements about route of flight? What's next, closing the
shades and not looking out the windows? Full body scans and
pat-downs of passengers as they board? Sounds like a pervert's
dream come true. We've had a shoe-bomber so we have to take off our
shoes; we've had liquid-bombers so we can't have shampoo; now we've
had an underwear bomber; is our underwear next on the no-fly list?
We don't like it, the Company doesn't like it, and the traveling
public doesn't like it. However, the TSA has the authority to
impose these procedures and the airlines must comply. Stay
up-to-date on and know the procedures; for example, as a working
crewmember you are still exempt from the ban on liquids and
The TSA is reacting to the last threat, fighting the last
battle. Our enemies will try something else next time. Security
procedures based on political correctness will encourage, not
deter, our enemies."
ANN is currently seeking additional details and interviews with
the personnel involved and is monitoring the massive influx of info
that has arisen as a result of the (now) admitted bungling of
programs that should have prevented the Christmas bombing attempt.
Making this all the more difficult are the reports we've been
receiving in which TSA agents are showing up at the homes of
Travel-Writers who have published recent details of the latest
changes to TSA security procedures and demanding the
disclosure of their sources... accompanied with threats of
financial interference, criminal action and using tactics that are
reported to be "heavy-handed." As a result, some journalists are
concerned about the potential for renewed reticence from
people who have heretofore talked on background or anonymously --
due to apparent concern that TSA "thuggery" may breach the
previously well-defined and constitutionally protected ability of
journalists to protect the ID of their sources.
We'll do our best to keep you informed...