posted on Feb, 3 2006 @ 03:36 AM
A couple of points I'd like to make here.
Airport security prior to 9/11, and to this day was a JOKE. It was designed to cause as little inconvenience to the airlines and passengers as
possible, and keep LARGE threats off planes. Any blade under 4 inches was allowed in the cabin. Some tools were allowed in the cabin. Baseball bats
were allowed in the cabin, etc. The airlines were in charge, and they chose to keep costs down, by not paying decent wages, and not buying top of the
line equipment, and punishing the companies for failures. If we failed an FAA test, it was a $10,000 fine to the company. We could go to the airline
and ask them to reimburse us, but it would be months at least before we saw anything come back.
Now, we have the TSA. As frightening as this is, they are WORSE than the private companies were. The people that were trained, but worked for the
private companies were forced to fail the hiring test when they went for TSA jobs, because the gov't had to blame someone, but couldn't blame the
FAA for having idiotic regs in place. So now we have this group, with very little training, that was rushed into service, has no money for aditional
training, and is forcing their workers to work mandatory overtime, just to have enough people on duty to cover all the checkpoints.
I have personally witnessed things done by the TSA that would make most people swear off flying for the rest of their lives. When I trained for
certain equipment, it was a month long class. One week classroom, one week offline practical, a MINIMUM of one week online with trained operators
watching, followed by an online practical test carried out by a national trainer hired by the FAA. Under the TSA, the same training is a single
THREE HOUR training course. They are taught to use just the very basics of this machine, and absolutely nothing about the advanced
capabilities that make it such a good machine.
Prior to 9/11, flight crews were trained to cooperate with hijackers. The goal was to land somewhere, and either get rescued, or negotiate free. NO
PLANE HAD BEEN USED AS A WEAPON PRIOR TO 9/11.
For those of you that are asking what this has to do with anything, this is an answer to the question I have seen in many other places. People
constantly ask "How could arab hijackers pull off a hijacking with simple razor blades?" Yes it was entirely possible, and would have been quite
easy for them to pull this operation off with simple razor blades.
As far as the "How could some Arabs that live in caves possibly pull of an operation against the United States, the most advanced country in the
world?" Quite simple there too. Because there had been so FEW terrorist attacks IN the US the attitude amongst many people in the upper levels, and
the intelligence community was "It can't happen here. We're the UNITED STATES! No one can hit us." There was a severe institutional arrogance,
because we ARE the United States. We've handled almost every enemy we've gone up against with ease, and the few we didn't were because of
Weak airport security + flight crews trained to cooperate + institutional arrogance = 9/11.
[edit on 2/3/2006 by Zaphod58]