reply to post by iNTERPLANETARyR.O.M.E.O.
Airline pilots routinely make an average of 80k on up, with senior pilots making a nice chunk of change. Keep in mind FAA regulations also restrict
the number of hours pilots / copilots can fly before being "grounded" to reset their time frame.
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Delta Air Lines Inc $56,000 - $186,118
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Number of hours they fly each month:
Commercial Airline Pilots can not fly any more than 100 hours in a month, no more than 30 hours of flying during a 7 day period, and no more than 8
hours of flight time in a day.
As someone else pointed out, making Pilots go through a security glow and grope is pointless, as the pilot can just crash the plane (as what possibly
occured with Egypt Air Flight 990
that crashed over the Atlanitc Ocean).
As far as the argument goes about it being a 4th amendment violation. People have the choice not to fly, as their is no real expectation of Privacy in
Public. A patdown / Frisk, the same type the TSA is using, is not considered a search under Supreme Court Rulings. In actuality the manner in which
the patdowns / frisks are being conducted (with a few exceptions) is the same technique Law Enforcement around the world uses. Also, to the best of my
knowledge TSA screeners are not comissioned Law Enforcement for the state they work in, nor the Federal Agency they work for, which means their are
differing standards as to what they are allowed to do since they are not operating under color of law (42 USC 1983 for those intrested).
The best comparison I can come up with is your drivers license. While travel is a contitutionally protected right, the manner in which you travel is
not (think shoe leather express).
Now with that being said, how do we fix the problem, which is screening passengers in such a manner that protects the people flying, while at the same
time protecting the rights of people who chose to fly?
The slippery slope we are on now (personally I think we stepped off a while back and are slowly gaining speed on our way down) does nothing but
guarantee a win for terrorism, since they accomplished their goal of moving a free society into a police state. While we are not under Sharia law, we
are quickly moving towards that style of arbitrary decisions by a few under the guise of protecting the people.
I would be pissed if I got on an airplane and it blew up. I would be pissed to have to undergo the glow and grope as well.
Whats the middle ground solution? Placing armed uniformed officers on every flight? All this does is give any terrorist who made it on board their
first target before their next move.