A combination of humor, serious news, and expert perspectives on vital aviation safety and security issues, from author, professor, and trainer, Jeffrey C. Price. In this episode, should TSA take passengers’ temperatures, airlines pull out of smaller airports but bookings are up, the US is back in the space race, aviation career advice, and Mullet Watch.
Welcome to 6 minutes of aviationsafety and security, I’mJeffPrice with Leading Edge Strategies. This is
ourspecial Memorial Day, a memorial weekedition so let’s catch you up on what’smaking news in the
First thankyou to all the veterans out there whoboth those that made the ultimatesacrifice and anybody
that has servedwho’s no longer with us. Thank you foryour service. Thank you for your sacrifices and
your families as well.
Westart off with a special report on TSA. We begin the episode with one of theworst ideas I could
possibly imagineasking TSA personnel to take thetemperatures of passengers before theycome in the
screening checkpoint. Andthis is a nightmare for literally anybody entrusted with aviation security. Look, I
know we’re in the middle of apandemic and I didn’t just wake up this morningbut it’s an example of
taking actionthat feels good that actually makes usless safe, less secure and less healthy. It’s not a good
idea at all, in fact it’sgoing to receive our first ever dumbestidea I’ve ever heard of award. So, whoever
thought of this one keep trying!
TSA isthere for security, not public health. Themore responsibilities wepile onto TSA officers, the less
effective theyare doingthe primary job, which issecurity. You know security, the reason wecreated the
entire agency in the firstplace. Plus, this additional duty willcause personnel to hit cognitiveoverload
sooner in their shifts ratherthan later so their securityeffectiveness will actually continue togo down at an
accelerated rate than italready does,naturally. Plus, thiscountry’s enemies are watching us. They’re
looking for vulnerabilitiesor better time to hit us when oursecurity effectiveness is down and we’renot
looking at security because we’retoo busy taking everyone’s temperature.
As passenger traffic builds back up,these temperature checks are going tocause the lines to back up.
Lines causecrowds, crowds make targets foractive shooters. Let’s not try andsolve one problem and
create six more. Also, I know that there’s remotetemperature sensing devices. Those workgreat as long
as nobody has a fever but thefirst time somebody does you got to stopthe line, pull that person out and
dealwith them…now the lines are slowing down. Look, frankly transportation securityofficers are not
medical experts. Let’s just be real, there’s lots ofreasons someone could have a fever andnot be Corona
virus. Are they going tomake that determination? I wouldn’t wantto do that. Is there going to be amedical
person on staff that can comeand make that assessment for us or forthem? I mean how much earlier do
we haveto start getting to the airport now? Fourhours early, five hours? I mean, at thispoint we might as
well allow ourselvesenough time to get a physical while we’rethere too.
Look, I’m on the side of theTSA screening officers on this one. There’s been 600 plus TSAofficers that
have been infected with Corona virus. 6 of them have alreadypassed away. There’s other effective ways
to reduce the spread of the virus.One:adding some time in the employeebadging process. Just one
minute oftrainings for the airport workers canspot somebody who might be sick or lookbad and get them
the help that they need. Two: ensuring high-risk passengerscontinue to take the protective measuresand
passengers…hey, we can’t do a lot forourselves to keep wearing the maskespecially if you’re high-risk.
It’s athing now, nobody’s going to care. Now it’s instyle. Wash your hands, there’s athought and don’t
just pick up randomobjects anywhere you don’t know wherethat stuff has been.
Enough aboutdating pilots okay and also here, here wego…here’s something that this is going to
benefit all those annoying and take offtheir socks and shoes when they get onthe plane. This is not your
living room, hippie put your Birkenstocks back on. Nobody wants to see your ugly feet andwe don’t want
to smell them and you looklike a tool.
We’re going back to space, Wednesday May 27th. The United Statesgoes back. American astronauts
BobBehnken and Doug Hurley head to theInternational Space Station on SpaceX’screwed dragon
spacecraft. It’s the firsttime since the Space Shuttle parked in2011 that we’re not paying Russia $86
million a seat to getinto orbit the launch is set for 4:30Eastern Daylight Time 4:33 actually.
We’ve just received some breakingnews.
Now for a minute worth of aviationcareer advice. If you’re thinking ofgetting into our industry or you are
inour industry you’re wondering what’sgoing to happen in the future. Look, hangin there. The industry
will bounceback, we always do. We’re down but we’renever out. Now’s the time, build theflight time. The
management oraerospace side, work toward your graduatedegree if you can. Get some certificates,
training and should all the time tobuild that resume so you’re ready whenthe hiring starts back up there’s
stilljobs out there. People are still hiring.
Iknow many of you were wondering aboutmullet watch. Well, sadly it’s over. Mywife made…I mean, I
made the decision asa responsible, independently minded 53year old male to take off the mullet but
here’s a brief clip.(I’ve been up chocked up over it) that I shot right before it all came off.
Well this is it, it’s that time it was too short thenit’s time to go. I love youmullet and we had a great time
and youknow we may never see each other againbut if we don’t I’ll always cherish thistime, thank you.
You know airline cutbacks are definitelygoing to affect the smaller airportsmore than the larger ones.
There’s somegood news, the industry airline bookingsare back up. However both Delta andAmerican
have announced a lot ofcutbacks to a lot of the smallerairports that are in the regions aroundthe larger
airports. For a while, thepeople that live near those smallerairports are going to have to drive alittle
farther to get to a larger airport in order to get service.
Hey, here’ssomething for you, if you’re looking tobuild some flight time…I know it costs a lot paying by
the hour…by yourown airline, take out a loan anyway. RavenAirlines actually put out this ad announcing
that they are for sale sothere’s one way to get to flight time.
And finally it’s time for Ford watch. Asyou know Ford watch is where wecountdown how many days it’s
been sinceactor Harrison Ford has had an aviationrelated incident.Since, see May 25th. That’s today ok
it’s been 31 days,however we think he’s flying again though. Take a look at the spectacularfootage that
someone caught and posted.
Youknow at first we thought this could be aUFO but our crack team of investigativejournalists here at 6
minutes ofaviation safety and security havepositively both identified the objectand the pilot. That’s right,
it’s HarrisonFord in the Millennium Falcon.
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