Yes. It's been common knowledge for years that all a scummy type has to do to gain full unquestionable access to all flights is to take a shit job doing something like sorting baggage or doing plane refueling for $6/hr. They do essentially no background check and you get an all-access pass. And local TV stations routinely do "see how bad airport security is?" pieces during sweeps months, showing not only what I just mentioned, but how easy it is to walk entire Uzis right past the equally-badly-paid-and-thus-not-giving-a-shit security people at the metal detectors. It's rather amazing that the 9.11 terrorists only brought along knives and boxcutters; trying to bring in real live guns would only have increased their risk of getting caught by about .001%.
There is nothing currently in place at all that would seriously impede anyone's ability to raise holy hell on a commercial flight if they so desired. Not even the Big Changes put in place over the last week or so. All they're going to do is annoy the 99.999% of law-abiding citizens more than ever. "Did you pack your own bag?" "Why, no, it was packed by a swarthy bearded gentleman who gave me a beautiful ticking clock to take home with me as a gift!" Please. The people that want to do stuff aren't even going to try to do it via the ways the "security" people are harassing everyone about.posted by aaron at 12:11 PM on September 23, 2001
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