Simply put, the TSA is a farce. I can't claim anything but speculation and general impression
about the motivation, but it has, in my opinion, NOTHING to do with our security.
But but but... we have to be afear'd of the terrorists, right?!?? I mean you all could be potential
possible terrorists!!! If the TSA doesn't search our genitalia or take naked pics of us, someoen
might possibly blow up a passenger jet, maybe!
I know that I would not want to take the risk that a crazy right-left winged neo-nazi christian-muslim
extremo-religious hate monger patriot might want to possibly blow up the plane that someone
maybe me would be on!
I am actually happy to see all the TSA exposure. It helps to raise the general public ire and
eventually bring about some real change to the policies. It is just frustrating when the usual
suspects hop onto the threads (or the news) and spout out inannities about stopping terrorists.
I submit the following site: planecrashinfo.com...
The above link points to a great site that covers plane crash and incident information since the
Here is a number to consider. 6,493,549 departures. That is the number of total passenger flight
departures domestic and international as registered by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics
for the date range of Januaru 2010 - August 2010. (available by doing a query here
Let's consider the plane crash data for the same time period...
) and we find 28 non-cargo plane crashes in the same
time period, including planes that are military, police, and within a combat area.
Running the numbers... 28 / 6493549 = 0.00000431 or 0.0004% chance of any particular flight
crashing. Including crashes caused by people bringing alligators on board. Even if ALL of those
were terrorist attacks, which is not the case here, the odds of you dying in a car crash are STILL
larger (1% according to data available at www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov...
).. in fact
250,000x greater than flying.
Ok, so let's say that through some miracle the presence of TSA screenings has discouraged
terrorists from even trying. Well, then we should look at numbers prior to the enhancement of
security screenings...Let's use 1999.
Total departures: 9,706,204
Total crashes: roughly 80
% chance of any particular flight crashing: 0.0008%
and in 2002 after the start of the "Wah on Terrah!"
Total departures: 8,810,750
Total crashes: roughly 75
% chance of any particular flight crashing: 0.0009%
Again, keep in mind that these crash incidents INCLUDE engine failure, electrical failure,
crashing due to weather, crashign due to aligators on the plane, crashing due to pilot error, etc.
and that these statistics also cover light planes (cessna's, etc.)
So, now taking at look at these officilly published statistics, I have to look at the TSA's arguments
again. They are keeping us safe from the evil bad guys? Looks to me that the only thing that can
take credit for the reduction in the number of plane crashes is better take off and landing
systems, improved airframes, and enhanced maintenance procedures.
I for one refuse to live my life afraid of the evil boogey man. I got over that when I was a child. I
agree that watching some terrible news report once every 3-5 years about some people that died
because of a terrorist / hijacker is an awful prospect; however, I pay that price (and yes, even with
MY life) gladly to ensure that the government does NOT get a level of power and controll that they do not need nor deserve.
When someone says we should fight and die for our liberties, believe me I will gladly take the >1:2500 chance of dying while fighting off a terrorist
in a plane as a means of fighting for my liberties, dignity, and privacy.
edit on 11-21-2010 by rogerstigers because: title change.