Bill O'Reilly's take on AirportScreeners

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Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight.

We would like to welcome our new viewers in England and Ireland on Sky Digital. We hope you like The Factor. And no Guinness while we're on the air.

As you may know, I have promised to periodically update you on the situation at American airports, and that's the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.

Last week, I flew from Newark to Fort Myers, Florida. No problems at all. Everybody at Continental Air was great. Then I flew Delta from Sarasota to Atlanta, again a smooth trip. One middle-aged woman working security at Sarasota was a bit power-mad, but that was it. From Atlanta I flew to San Diego, perfect flight on Delta, no problems at security.

But on the way home to New York, I had to fly out of Los Angeles on United Airlines. Uh-oh. On Saturday morning, the lightest travel time of the week, there were huge lines at the United ticket counter. Then at security, the foolishness began. They put my light canvas bag through the security machine twice. Then they used the wand on it. Still not satisfied, they opened the bag, with my permission, and removed everything in it, including dirty clothes and toiletries.

The woman who did this kept up a running conversation with her security buddy and was in no hurry. After about 10 minutes of her looking at my shaving cream container and stuff, she began wildly throwing folded shirts back into the bag. Since I had to wear those shirts upon arrival in New York, I asked her to please place them in the bag the way she had taken them out.

She sneered. I asked for her supervisor. He sneered. And then he asked me to take off my shoes, which I did. They both then conferred, and I asked to talk with the Los Angeles policeman who was standing a few feet away. They quickly zipped up my bag and asked me to leave.

But before I did, I wrote down their names.

The problem here is power. Some security screeners are drunk with it. Many of these people are ill educated, lack discretion, and common sense. Want more? An 86-year-old war hero was hassled at security in Phoenix because he was carrying his Congressional Medal of Honor. A screener thought he could use it as a weapon. Eighty-six.

And in New York City, a screener confiscated a box cutter from the passenger but failed to search him further. He was reexamined when he changed planes in St. Louis. Two more box cutters were found. Screener was fired, the guy arrested.

The entire problem could be greatly diminished if the airlines would simply station an experienced employee at the security checkpoints. United had no one I could speak with. And if it weren't for the cop, I'd still be standing at LAX, shoeless, with my underwear scattered all over the place.

American air travelers deserve the best security possible, and that means not having fools working the ropes.

And if the airlines and the FAA are too cheap to hire intelligent people, then at least make sure a representative is on the scene to look out for the customer.

And that's the memo.
 

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WHAT THE POINT?

WHAT IS YOUR POINT I GUESS I'M LOST ?????????
 

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Well I must say well said Bill, sometimes I agree with him sometimes I don't on this one I agree with him. My mom has similar impression of the security screeners (shes flys commerical way more than I).

Sarasota hmmm I useto live there, on average that airport gets two flights a day (actaully more but not a signifcant number except for times during the fall) why would the surcuirty be so high. During X-mas break I was there helping my mom return her rental car, and there are cones everywhere (I remember before Sep 11th I could park my car in the arrival section and go inside to eat). oh well everything has to change.
 

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This is the way it is going to be from here on out.

The folks at Eclipse and Safire might just have a perfect market to sell their "personal jets" in a few years after certification. But, your still going to have to go through security to get to your own plane onless your based out of Billy Bo's private asphalt strip.
 

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I agree with Bill some of these people are a little crazy. The other day going through security at JfK in uniform, I took everything off as usual, shoes, jacket, calclator, beeper, shoes but I forgot my cell phone. Just before I went through the detector I remembered and took the cell phone off and threw it in the plastic container. The lady said," I would never want to fly with a captain so absent minded." Then when I went through security I had to unzip my pants and undo my belt. It was Sunday morning and I guess they felt they had the power of the U.S. government behind them they were now Government employee's. It has been great the last couple of months, hope that it doesn't get insane again.
 

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I get the point now

I would had to say to her if was not for the lack of your mind you would be flying the jet not here with your not so smart mouth! ooooo buy the way have a nice day :D :D :D :D
 

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c172,

You have lost me now.....

UH??
 

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I spent 5 minutes trying to figure it out also, maybe he just had a gramatical typo. :D
 

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Leave him alone. He probably went to public schools.
 

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chperplt,

That was during an Officer Exchange program, with a Middle Eastern country that uses Soviet Equipment.
 

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C-172...

C-172... Before you KEY the mike... think... WHO/WHAT/WHERE/WHY..and in your case HOW.
 

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If the feds really want to save money and please the animal rights activists at the same time, they should train chimps to be airport screeners. Hey, they were the first ones to go to space right, and now with all the new laws governing chimps in labs we have a huge surplus of them.

Curious George, the screener, would do what he was trained to do and not involve his personal feelings of power in the mix. Then when we go through screening it would be more fun to!
 

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It is a good thing Bill didn't go through Atlanta to experience their ethnic hospitality, or he would have had alot more to write about.
 

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I had a friend who had no problem just last week, flying from Australia with a Boomerang in his carry on. It was on United, and they even hand checked his bag after he passed through security. Must have been and extra United thing, because everyone was checked. I'm sure a boomerang would be a better weapon than someone's medal of honor. Go figure.
 

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skydiverdriver said:
I had a friend who had no problem just last week, flying from Australia with a Boomerang in his carry on. It was on United, and they even hand checked his bag after he passed through security. Must have been and extra United thing, because everyone was checked. I'm sure a boomerang would be a better weapon than someone's medal of honor. Go figure.
Why would a man that has won the medal of honor want to take down a plane. That just doesn't make sense, I guess thats coming from a person that not even a citizen of this country.
 

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Heyyyyyyy A1FlyBoy

Do you treat your student pilots like this when they question you about something ? If so you must be a real treat to fly with !!!!!!!
 

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C172

Good job!! Your last post contained two complete sentences. Much better than the previous post!


Just kidding with you man!
 

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C-172

C-172,

Asking questions is part of the learning process and students always get an answer. Not reading the material or not grasping the concept, as in your case, means we don't head to the airplane.
 

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c-172,

a1 was just stating that if you are going to ask a question, make it clear what you are asking.

As a pilot with 160 hours you must know that communication is key to a safe flight. If you want to participate in this board then do so clearly so we can understand what you mean.

If you don't, then you will probably get a rash of comments and your questions won't get answered.

Fly safe.
 
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