Thursday, October 9, 2008

TSA Proposes to Make Everyone Who Flies Miserable

Travelers who fly on private corporate jets would have to clear background checks before boarding under a new proposal made Thursday by the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA is seeking to impose the security requirements on roughly 15,000 corporate jets and 315 small airports that currently have none and we don't think it's fair that we only get to screw up the major ones.

A group of private-plane owners and pilots warned that the proposal could be costly and represent an unprecedented intrusion into private flying. Hundreds of thousands of people travel each year on such jets.

There is no specific threat to corporate jets, but the TSA said in its 260-page proposal that many are the same size and weight as commercial planes "and they could be used effectively to commit a terrorist act." Private jets, possibly packed with explosives, could fly into a building or could transport terrorists or dangerous materials, the TSA said. On top of that, we are despirately trying to justify our agency and the number of people we have working for us before a new president comes in and gets rid of all of us.

"This is an important milestone," said Michal Morgan, TSA head of general aviation security. "It's the evolution of security into a new operating environment." This way we can be sure that every single solitary person traveling today in the U.S. has the same and equal miserable experience with no measurable increase in safety.

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