TSA nominee wants Airports to use Israel Model for security
March 24, 2010 12:54pm CST
The TSA nominee told congress he wants to use the Israel Model to improve security at airports. The israeli system is knowns for its very aggressive questioning of passangers. Many security experts like it because it says the Israel system is one of the safest. Other criticize it because it asks intrusive questions and invades peoples privacy rights. Do they have a right to ask you WHY you are flying and other personal questions? Do you have the right to ask for proof of your answer? How do I prove I am flying to see a relative...get a note from that relative saying I am coming to visit? Is it any of their business why I am going somewhere? How do you feel about this. Should the airlines be able to grill you in order to get on a plane? Anyone else think all these security measures are just making less people fly? It is getting to be too big of a pain in the butt to be worth it anymore.
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
24 Mar 10
Thats all well and good, but excuse me Gen. Harding...this is NOT Isreal. We have a constitution. I am dismayed to hear a decorated general, who swore an oath to defend that constitution against enemies forign AND domestic...institute a domestic attack on that very same constitution. It is a only a matter of time before all forms of mass transit will be considered TSA authority and will be subject to the same gestapo security measures. People laughed when I said it would eventually begin spreading to trains and busses...that is until they started doing it on buses. It is already fast becomming manditory at a lot of airpports to walk through a very personaly violating xray. No one would heve believed that even as little as a few years ago, yet here it is. How long before interstate highways are placed under this jurisdiction and travel on them is subject to security measures? If you laugh at this notion, remember, you would have laughed if I had said a few years ago we would be required to be xrayed to board a plane and be subjected to security screenings on buses....and many did laugh. Unfortunatly this joke is on ALL of us now. I personaly won't fly anymore. In fact, I wont even enter an aiport now as they recently instituted wandering screeners. I'll drive, it's more private...at least for now.
• United States
24 Mar 10
I say get rid of the TSA and let the airlines provide their own security. Give them the right to refuse on any grounds a passenger they feel might endanger the safety of the plane or passengers. If they do a poor job then they lose business if they are too strict people will avoid them.
• United States
26 Mar 10
One thing about it is Israel, for all the problems with terrorism they've had, has a perfect safety record when it comes to air travel. However, I don't think we've reached the point where we have to go as far as they do. I don't fly a lot, usually no more than once, MAYBE twice a year but when I do it's usually with my entire family including my grandkids so to me safety is not only the most important thing, it's the ONLY thing. At this point I'm not ready to say I'll stop flying because we love to go to Florida and that's just too far to drive and we tried the train once and will NEVER make that mistake again! Annie