Here’s another reason to skip the airlines and fly General Aviation. The next airliner you get on could be damaged and made unairworthy by none other than TSA! I’ve previously written about the top 10 reasons to skip the airlines and fly yourself on general aviation. But this new reason may save your life!
Yes, that’s right, TSA is now damaging airliners! This week, an ignorant TSA inspector damaged and made unairworthy 9 airliners at Chicago O’Hare airport. Nine aircraft damaged (fortunately this damage was discovered by observant pilots) and over 40 flights delayed while the damaged equipment was replaced. Why was this done? To see whether someone could get into the airplanes. Not by steps and doors…but “spiderman” style. A TSA inspector used aircraft equipment as…monkey bars!…in an attempt to climb into the aircraft. Keep in mind that TSA did not report the damage they caused, so what might have happened if they damaged equipment that was not discovered before the flight………?
But of course, TSA was apologetic about this incredibly stupid act, disciplined the inspector, and said this would never happen again…..right? WRONG! Instead, they are defending the inspector, blaming the airline for lack of security (because by damaging the planes, they could get access to 7 aircraft). Worse, although they have supposedly provided some additional training to its inspectors, TSA continues to encourage its inspectors to look for and exploit such “vulnerabilities”.
So while you worry about the terrorist threat against air carrier travel…you now need to add the ignorant, self-righteous, virtually unregulated staff of the TSA. Do you know who’s been climbing on and digging through the sensitive equipment on your airliner?
Fly your own airplane and avoid this madness! Cheers!