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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Terrorist attacks will happen from time to time. The rules of hijacking were different back then. If you played the good victim, you stood good chance of making it out alive. That's over with now.
    Huh?

    You're saying terrorists wanted, or want, to get out alive?

    A few tweaks to the existing system would be all that was warranted.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Life is never without any risks whatsoever. When they get so small and we are willing to give up our freedom over such incredibly small risks, I'll pass.
    Agreed.

    But lets look at this a different way.

    Let us suppose we had no security methods in place to stop terrorists from hijacking airplanes. None at all.

    If I were to board an airliner, what would the chances be that terrorists would try to hijack that airliner? What would my risk be of being affected by the actions of a terrorist? One in a thousand? One in ten thousand? I doubt if it is nearly that high. There are an awful lot of airline flights, and relatively few terrorists. Truly, I think the risk is too small to be worth much worry.

    On the other hand, if I choose to fly by airline, what are my chances of being subjected to an invasive and degrading search by TSA agents. What are my chances of being subjected to treatment that would, in any reasonable mind, constitute sexual assault?

    In this case, one risk being traded for another, I think we're making a very bad trade. It seems to me that current TSA procedures are a much, much greater threat to the safety, security, and well-being of the passengers they purport to be protecting, than the threat from which they purport to be protracting these passengers.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    That's not what I meant by any stretch. Private companies are notorious for overstepping the boundaries of lethal force in order to protect their assets. Some private employee making 1 mistake would mean a multimillion lawsuit against the company and if the passenger is American, they'd most surely win. Now multiply that by 1 mistake a year (this isn't even the average of **** ups airlines have on their own) and you have a few millions gone down the drain simply on human error. Airlines would either call for the creation of a government agency like the TSA or getting on a plane would be nothing short of a nightmare.

    Airlines—like all businesses—have a vested in keeping their customers happy. Part of that, of course, would be having their customers feel safe while riding on their planes; but another part would be having these customers not feel like they are being abused and treated like criminals. If individual airlines are allowed to set their own security procedures, in order to strike the best balance between safety and a pleasant travel experience for their customers, then I would trust these airlines to do a much better job of finding the right balance than I could ever expect of government. If one airline tends to err too far on one side or the other, so that passengers either do not feel safe riding with them, or else so that passengers feel like they are being abused and mistreated, then that airline would lose business to other airlines, that strike a better balance.

    The TSA, as implemented, has no such incentive to find any reasonable balance.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Terrorist attacks will happen from time to time. The rules of hijacking were different back then. If you played the good victim, you stood good chance of making it out alive. That's over with now. A few tweaks to the existing system would be all that was warranted.
    Here's a suggested tweak.

    Allow passengers to carry weapons. Don't stop anyone from carrying, at least, a good knife. A gun if he can demonstrate that he's qualified to use it safely.

    If the passengers on the 9/11 flights were armed, and they knew what the hijackers had in mind, how do you think that day might have gone differently?

    The thing that most made it easy for the 9/11 hijackers was that the passengers were unarmed, and relatively powerless to stop them. The hijackers themselves needed only very minor weapons (box cutters, mostly) to subdue the passengers.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    Here's a suggested tweak.

    Allow passengers to carry weapons. Don't stop anyone from carrying, at least, a good knife. A gun if he can demonstrate that he's qualified to use it safely.

    If the passengers on the 9/11 flights were armed, and they knew what the hijackers had in mind, how do you think that day might have gone differently?

    The thing that most made it easy for the 9/11 hijackers was that the passengers were unarmed, and relatively powerless to stop them. The hijackers themselves needed only very minor weapons (box cutters, mostly) to subdue the passengers.
    I think a bunch of guns going off in such a confined space would mean certain disaster in situations where disaster could be avoided.

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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    Airlines—like all businesses—have a vested in keeping their customers happy. Part of that, of course, would be having their customers feel safe while riding on their planes; but another part would be having these customers not feel like they are being abused and treated like criminals. If individual airlines are allowed to set their own security procedures, in order to strike the best balance between safety and a pleasant travel experience for their customers, then I would trust these airlines to do a much better job of finding the right balance than I could ever expect of government. If one airline tends to err too far on one side or the other, so that passengers either do not feel safe riding with them, or else so that passengers feel like they are being abused and mistreated, then that airline would lose business to other airlines, that strike a better balance.
    And yet the airline security gave us 9/11.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    I think a bunch of guns going off in such a confined space would mean certain disaster in situations where disaster could be avoided.
    Yes, especially on a plane with a pressurized hull made of thin metal that a bullet can go through.

    Not sure how much it deters terrorists on a suicide mission either. It might stop them, but they won't be afraid to take the risk.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    We were going across the border.
    Okay, well they definitely do random vehicle checks at both borders, so that just means you weren't one of the random checks.

    ......but the U.S. Supreme Court has never handed down a nationwide ruling on just what privacy rights an airline passenger has. If and when new measures are challenged, a majority of the justices could decide a passenger gives up the "expectation of privacy" -- the key to invoking constitutional privacy rights -- simply by trying to board an airliner.

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    Or they could rule they don't give up their rights to privacy. The 9th have ruled they do but...........
    Yeah, the 9th said, "airport screening searches, like the one at issue here, are constitutionally reasonable administrative searches because they are conducted as part of a general regulatory scheme in furtherance of an administrative purpose, namely, to prevent the carrying of weapons or explosives aboard aircraft, and thereby to prevent hijackings". I agree with that ruling and I have a feeling the Supreme Court will too. The 9th's ruling is all I need for 'verification' although I think the only actual 'verification' I need for my interpretation of the 4th Amendment is the Constitution itself.

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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Huh?

    You're saying terrorists wanted, or want, to get out alive?
    No. What I am saying is that in the past hijacking was for the most part some way of making demands to governments for either passage to some place or release of prisoners; their intent wasn't off the bat to kill everyone though they may kill individuals depending on authority response. If you are on that plane, then there would be a good chance you could get away alive if you just play the good victim. Don't resist, don't fight back, follow orders and chances are you'd make it out alive. Since 9/11 that dynamic has changed. Their goal wasn't to barter for something, but rather to cause destruction. In that case, you're dead either way and thus your best chance of survival is to actually fight back..

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Nope, sorry, not good enough.
    Says you, but how much "safer" has TSA made us? And what did we have to give up for that safety? We are maybe marginally safer with extreme actions taken against our rights and dignity. I don't think that was a fair trade. The system we had before was fairly decent at making us safe; a few tweaks would have been all that is necessary. That being said, terrorism is a probability and given enough time all probabilities will work out. Even with TSA in place, in enough time there will be another terrorist attack. Yet the probabilities associated with terrorism are minuscule compared to other probabilities of death or harm in our daily lives. The marginal increase in safety from TSA was not worth what we had to give up.
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    Re: Rand Paul detained by TSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    No. What I am saying is that in the past hijacking was for the most part some way of making demands to governments for either passage to some place or release of prisoners; there intent wasn't off the bat to kill everyone though they may kill individuals depending on authority response. If you are on that plane, then there would be a good chance you could get away alive if you just play the good victim. Don't resist, don't fight back, follow orders and chances are you'd make it out alive. Since 9/11 that dynamic has changed. Their goal wasn't to barter for something, but rather to cause destruction. In that case, you're dead either way and thus your best chance of survival is to actually fight back..
    Ah. Your best chance is to make sure terrorists can't get on the plane, but okay.

    Says you, but how much "safer" has TSA made us? And what did we have to give up for that safety? We are maybe marginally safer with extreme actions taken against our rights and dignity. I don't think that was a fair trade. The system we had before was fairly decent at making us safe; a few tweaks would have been all that is necessary. That being said, terrorism is a probability and given enough time all probabilities will work out. Even with TSA in place, in enough time there will be another terrorist attack. Yet the probabilities associated with terrorism are minuscule compared to other probabilities of death or harm in our daily lives. The marginal increase in safety from TSA was not worth what we had to give up.
    Says you.

    In the end, it's a matter of personal preference (discounting the legal problems). But I haven't been searched yet, so maybe I'll change my mind if I am.
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