Gee, Notice All The Outrage Over TSA Screening Test Failures

Following up from the November 27 Update, take a media scan.

After reports of an 80% testing failure rate was reported, the comments are in from the industry honchos

Not one word about poor screening, but they’re thrilled that there were no major security back-ups over the Thanksgiving holiday.

That’s leadership, Washington-style.

DOT Revokes Eastern Airlines Certificate

Message to airline geeks: there are no consumers pining away for the return of past “iconic” airlines.

Latest example: Eastern, with its assets now subsumed into another carrier, is a name officially once again gone. The DOT has cancelled its operating authority.

Lamentations at employee reunions notwithstanding, the logos and past market identity of dead airlines don’t confer any market advantage to a start-up airline.

Sometimes just the opposite.

Alaska Latest To Drop Cuba

As outlined in the 11/13 Update, the airline pull-downs from Cuba are not over.

Alaska is dropping LAX-HAV.

Furthermore, while AS hasn’t focused on it, the media – such as the LA Times – has claimed that it’s simply due to the new Trump policies, supposedly choking off all the strong traffic that was otherwise eager to get to a place with shortages of basic necessities, where people cannot talk freely or vote, and where tourist infrastructure is somewhere south of the Third World.

They made no mention of the other four airlines that pulled out long before the supposed new policies were in place. But that’s pretty much par for a lot of the journalistic course.

TSA Continues To Leave Us Vulnerable

According to leaks from the TSA, they’ve once again set records for massive security incompetence, with a report that tests to find weapons have come up croppers as much as 80% of the time.

We saw this two years ago, with 96% failure, and absolutely zero concern from the incompetent political hacks running this threat to security.

A year later, when the #2 at Homeland Security was asked if this had been corrected, the slug of protoplasm responded that he “didn’t know” – but he was sure it had gotten better.

Apparently not.

Keep in mind that the people in the blue shirts at airports across the country are NOT responsible for this… they are victims of sloppy and negligent security management, just as is the flying public. At least passengers don’t have the indignity of having to work for senior management idiots, as do the folks on the front lines of the TSA.

Let’s watch and see what the new administration does with this information. Under Bush and Obama, nobody cared. Or did anything.

More ATC Nonsense From Congress

Two democrat representatives have issued a “study” decrying any attempt at privatizing ATC.

They claim it will lead to a decline in safety and to budgetary mayhem.

Needless to point out, neither of these political mannequins offered any suggestions regarding fixing the system. Not now, and not in the past.

Knee-jerk reactions, with no value whatsoever.

It’s unfortunate that small airports are also getting misled, fearing that air service will be harmed by a privatization system that changes nothing.

And one that in it’s current state is hampering the efficiency of air service.

Seems politics are more important.


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