Safe and Secure Travel

January 22, 2010
Two pairs of hands clasped together.

Flying is a privilege, not a right. Although I most often do not feel privileged when I go to the airport. Let’s acknowledge that for most people, flying is a drag, airports are stress factories, and we all wish we could just tap the heels of our ruby slippers and magically appear at our destinations.

Invasion of one’s personal space when traveling by air is a given. Unless you’ve been living in a cave your entire life, you should know that you will be close to people, and certain people are gonna wanna be close to you. It has absolutely nothing to do with your “junk.” The TSA personnel that have inspected my bags, my person, and my identification over the years have all, without exception, been completely professional, thorough, and pleasant. Their working conditions are challenging enough without someone’s desperate desire for fifteen minutes of fame.

I have, myself, opted out of the full-body scan and chosen the pat-down before. Was it thorough? You bet! Did I appreciate that TSA was doing their job and making flying safer? Absolutely! As a very frequent flier, I will support just about anything they do that is going to get me home to my wife and kids in one piece.

Debate is healthy and should be part of any free, open society. But the time to raise a ruckus is when the job of security and ensuring our safety is not being done properly and the bad guys slip on by. Was 9/11 so long ago? The views in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of any of my colleagues at CPI or CPI as a company. Comments, whether for or against, are very much appreciated and welcome.

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