LsFarm wrote:I thought I was going to ignor this thread... Damn..
Richard, you are talking apples and oranges...
One area where GW messed up, in my field: the airlines.. He should have asked for a volunteer air marshal 'army'.. all the retired police, firemen, Military, MPs, etc. all with a background in civil service and safety, These volunteers could have been given a two day course and put into every domestic airline flight... GW could have announced within a month that every american airline domestic flight had at least one if not two armed federal marshals on board. The public was looking for safety,, my company JetBlue had every one of our aircraft equiped with an armored cockpit door within 30 days after 9/11. It had four 1/2" titanium deadbolts to lock the door from the cockpit side, and a 1/2" layer of Kevlar board.. a 12 at point blank could not get through the door, and a fire ax could not break through the hinges and deadbolts This brought customers back into the skies on jetblue way ahead of the other airlines. Customers were looking for security, some indication that everything was not the same as before 9/11.
Running around today so I will have to respond a little at a time
As far as your ideas about an army of Sky Marshals, it is not as easy to do as you think. In the mid 1970's, with all the skyjackings going on, our government pressed agents from many different agencies to temporarily fill in as sky marshals. My cousin, a Customs Special Agent at the time, was assigned a number of flights & was not trained to handle the very different role of Sky Marshal. He hated it!!
Think of the reality of a Sky Marshal's job:
1. Your life consists of sitting in a cramped airliner...hour after hour.......day after day....year after year & hardly ever being home. Living out of a suitcase...sleeping in hotels....eating in reataurants....having no personal or family life & always having to remain alert to immediately leap into action to stop a very quick threat in a crowded aircraft.
2. Who is going to do that job? The turnover rate would be incredible & I fear that a real skyjacking event would turn into a bloodbath onboard that cramped aircraft.
3. You are a pilot......How easy do you think it is to pick out your target, shoot just it & not hit innocent passengers or damage vital aircraft structures?
4. Just staying awake would be almost impossible to do!
As a civilian passenger, I wouldn;t want some retired geezer, with only a 2 day training course to open fire in my crowded airliner!! ( I think I'd be tempted to try to hide behind the hijacker to avoid the fusilade of wild shots coming from the muzzle of "Grandpa Air Marshal's" gun)