Monday, January 04, 2010

Should Nations Obey the USA's Airport Screening Mandates?

The Obama administration and the TSA, like previous administrations, continue to over react to single terrorist acts, even those that fail.

It is reasonable to highlight certain nations which have direct flights into the USA for extra passenger screening? Telling people they need to show up for their flight up to seven hours prior to departure...come on.

Certainly the 14 flagged nations have terrorist tendencies, but does a reasonable person think this is going to stop wannabe terrorists? A terrorist must now consider sources other than Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for their departure location.

Do American officials and politicians think that other nations should bow to their wishes? Are we returning the favor? Do we assume that other nations feel it is okay to screen the human body with impunity, even children.

Has anyone asked the question: what should the airport security personnel in Amsterdam have done differently for a passenger that boarded a flight in Nigeria that was routed through an intermediate hub? Once into the screened area, you do not have to go through a second screening. Are they going to start forcing people through a secondary screening at any transfer location?

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