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  • thewest thewest Sep 17, 2001 11:47 AM Flag

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    Hmmm..... Well, I'm not a terrorist, and I am an American. And I really am trying to be constructive here. I'm sorry if this is offensive to some. Hindsight is one thing, and yes, it is 20/20. And it is clear that a gross weakness in security in the airline industry was exploited.

    Now, we can deny the fact that airlines hold any level of responsibility due to their ludicrous security measures. But that that would simply encourage further inaction. Blame is not the issue here. Ultimately, the terrorists are to blame for this crime. But responsibililty is the issue here. The airlines are responsible for your safety when you fly. Of course each passenger must partipate, but in reality, we depend on the airlines.

    And they let us down.

    I hope you see that I'm not trying to terrorize anyone. I'm just tired of all the denial.

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    • thewest,

      Set your mental clock back a week (prior to the assault) and tell me EXACTLY what your recommendations for airline security were at that time -and be honest, no 20/20 hindsight.

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      • Fog,

        Sure, setting my mind back a week. I was always struck by the surprising lack of professionalism seen in security staff, especially at the X-Ray stations. Compared to what I have experienced in Europe and Asia, US security inspections always seemed extremely cursory and overly scripted. I have later learned that many of the security staff received wages that were equivalent to restaurant workers, such as diswashers, or bus people. Indeed, I have heard that many of these security staffers had second jobs in that industry.

        Nonetheless, I was in denial too, and would fly with everyone else.

        Also, I admit that this suicide hijacking was hard to predict. But it appears that no serious consideration was given to hijacking risk at all. It was never our job to consider these risks. It was the airlines', and I'm not the one to make excuses for them.

      • My wife has flown for 32 years with pan am and Ual.She has constantly called for more security.I would have guessed,better screening at check in,more armed marshalls, armed security police at airport(honest),but the credit goes to my beloved wife.Go UAL< plus the stock is a bargain under 20.Step up and help the co. and yourself out.

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