Defend Our Lives and Property!
From: RICHARD DIMERY firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 15 Nov 2001 13:16:37 MST
To: COMMENTS@MIDWAYAIR.COM, InvestorRelationsdept@coair.com,
Cc: Liberty Letters <LETTERS@KeepAndBearArms.com
It is now nine weeks since the attack, and the airlines have shown the flying
public little that inspires confidence. Given considerable incentive to manage
their business to better safeguard people and assets, and shore up consumer
confidence, the airlines have failed to do that.
Business has never prospered by
waiting for government innovation or government-imposed solutions. Does airline
management really need to be told by bureaucrats that security needs to be improved?
While waiting for new regulations, airlines have taken, ostensibly, half measures
and indulged in nonproductive rhetoric and the illusion of improved security.
Their business, and passengers' satisfaction has declined while they took half-measures,
introduced delays, failed to positively control access of uncleared service
personnel and freight, and failed to address defense of the aircraft and passengers
should all other security measures fail.
Proactive, commonsense measures
that airline management can immediately implement include positive screening
of service and contract workers, bomb sniffing dogs, limitations on carryon
luggage, allow every pilot trained in the use of firearms the option of carrying
a side arm, allow or encourage law enforcement officials to fly armed. Security
personnel for banks, sporting events, office and factory buildings and many
others are armed - why do airlines opt to NOT protect people and property this
way? Survival on an aircraft, more than other situations, may depend on maintaining
or reestablishing command most expeditiously. Any airline policy that requires
the crew to be unarmed or UNDER armed is counterproductive to the avowed management
goals of preserving lives and airline property.
It is time for airline management
to implement measures that work. Then, instead of waiting for government to
act, DEMAND that FAA regs be made to accommodate commonsense business decisions
and our Constitutional rights to (defend) our lives and property!
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