Under the Large Aircraft Security Program, the US Government will have to search your plane before every flight. The TSA will know how often you fly, where you fly, and who goes with you. And yes you have to pay for it. $50 a flight.

WASHINGTON – The no-fly list failed to keep the Times Square suspect off the plane…

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How are we doing so far?  From Yahoo News, although you can find this anywhere….

“WASHINGTON – The no-fly list failed to keep the Times Square suspect off the plane. Faisal Shahzad had boarded a jetliner bound for the United Arab Emirates Monday night before federal authorities pulled him back.

The night’s events, gradually coming to light, underscored the flaws in the nation’s aviation security system, which despite its technologies, lists and information sharing, often comes down to someone making a right call.

As federal agents closed in, Faisal Shahzad was aboard Emirates Flight 202. He reserved a ticket on the way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, paid cash on arrival and walked through security without being stopped. By the time Customs and Border Protection officials spotted Shahzad’s name on the passenger list and recognized him as the bombing suspect they were looking for, he was in his seat and the plane was preparing to leave the gate.”

So, GA, the hypthetical threat to National Security will be kept safe by… Third party Watch List Service Providers, audited by the TSA to do thier job right, etc., etc., etc.

The TSA can’t do it’s own job right, they have been tasked with commercial aviation safety for almost a decade and still people try to blow their underwear off, still board flights on the No Fly List, still get on chartered aircraft because of their donations to the Clinton Presidential Campaign.

I guess we should all be happy the Secretary’s comment this time isn’t “the system worked”.  The systems busted, always has been.  You aren’t going to catch crooks or terrorists with sniffers (unless it’s a canine), X-ray machines, etc.  You do it with old fashioned police work, people looking in your eyes…  But so far, the TSA seems happy to line up the contractors at the government trough to make stuff, things, gadgets that will save us.

But they aren’t, are they?

Posted: May 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized

What’s Next?

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There was a car bomb in Times Square…

So, given the issues surrounding General Aviation; when do we see that all SUV drivers will require a background check, with finger prints? When will my family have to hire a Director of Security to check me, my passengers and the load that might be in the bed of my pickup truck? When will I have to have my schedule of errands and trips filed with authorities?

The list goes on.

More importantly, look at the last part of the article and note what has previously happened there, yet do you hear any clamor to stop vehicle traffic? I don’t think so. Yet there’s a TFR over Disney Land and Mayor Daley wants one in Chicago.

Don’t forget to call and write your Congressman…

Posted: May 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized