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Feds taker over airport Scurity

Old 28th Feb 2002, 17:53
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Adler3- masterful piece, agree with the philosophy but there is a slight implementation glitch (as they say at Swanwick)

Problem with requiring common sense or allowing common sense by the security folks is who's common sense shall be used? Larry's? Moe's? Curley's? Unless the policy can be written down and explained in terms so clear that it is almost impossible for a security person or member of the public being scrutinized or a journalist or even a lawyer to misunderstand (that's where the high school diploma comes in, in spite of the august members of Congress that look at it like a social work program)you are going to have people with hurt feelings, lawsuits, people injured and people killed "by mistake".

If a person ( oh say, Irish or middle eastern looking and name) shows up for the flight, armed, presents papers and picture ID that claims he is a law enforcement person. Security person uses "common sense" and says "not so fast fella". But can't or doesn't check him out satisfactorly (it's a weekend evening) and refuses boarding. Person turns out to be what he said he was and all H E double hockey sticks breaks loose.

See the problem with "common sense"? Turns out it isn't all that common or uniform across the population.

By the way, BOEING, you said the money would eventually go away. You are wrong, it never really got there.

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Old 1st Mar 2002, 08:32
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As much as I would like to claim authorship, alas it wasn't my material. I gleaned it from a very long e-mail, tidied it up a bit, and posted it here. I would give credit to the author if I knew who actually wrote it.
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