I just heard President Obama speak about the attempted attack on the flight to Detroit on Christmas Day. A few thoughts:
I strongly support the President’s order to review security policies and procedures. Indeed, ACI-NA several months ago initiated an industry/government effort to review current procedures and policies. This sort of review is needed and, I believe, reform in the basic statute enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks is overdue.
I also strongly support the President’s call to focus on moving toward a more technology intensive security regime — something ACI-NA has been calling for over a period of several years. Ultimately, technology will be a huge part of a more secure and efficient system and we may have to re-think what we are willing to tolerate (it is said that whole body imaging would have helped detect this particular explosive but its use has run afoul of some folks).
I should say that TSA has worked hard since Christmas Day to respond to this incident and has worked hard to keep industry up to date and I appreciate their efforts.
One final note: much of the media response to this has been irresponsible. I usually watch CNN, their airwaves were full of people who had no business speaking about this, including for example their political and business reporters. They ran “experts” through, no idea who most of these people were — wonder if any of them were the guys who assured us that TWA 800 was a terrorist attack and that Oklahoma City was an example of Islamic terrorists.
I saw a graphic: “Christmas Flight Terror” that was up much of the time. Today, I am watching, Rick Sanchez is the anchor. He has shown pictures of planes being blown up at a test lab over and over — gratuitously. He had a graphic up there saying “Fear and Flying”. He should spend his time doing stories on Charlie Sheen and Ivana Trump. More his speed.