Sealegs wrote:I was in Israel a couple of times a few years back, you'd think Ben Gurion would be the security hell hole of the world... But no, they've gone with the "professional people" over "professional machines" approach. You get talked to allot while being stared in the eye when you present passport and tickets. By people obviously skilled at making you a bit nervous.
Granted it's not LAX size from what I remember but I think there is a lesson in there somewhere anyway. I'm sure as heck not taking a vacation in the states w. my wife and kids if theres a chance at being radiated and felt up on the way, by someone other than my wife anyway.
I have flown El Al and those guys know how to effectively screen people. The only problem was that I was required to show up at the ticket counter 3 hours in advance.
I think the answer lies in a "Trusted Traveller" program. This would get most of the frequent fliers out of the long slow line and at the same time reduce the number of people in the long slow line and speed it up a lot. Certainly pilots should be subject to security checks but they should not be subjected to the same types of security checks as passengers.
Pilots IMO should be checked for identity and authority to board the aircraft as well as some sort of quick fitness and alertness once over. This last check is to ensure they are not too fatigued, chemically impaired and otherwise capable of flying.