Pittsburgh International Airport has decided to all the non-flying public through TSA security checkpoints in order to shop in the airport, but flight attendants are up in arms calling it a “bad idea” that sets a “terrible precedent.”
“Allowing the non-flying public to go through security at the Pittsburgh International Airport for the sole purpose of shopping is a terrible precedent and an ill-conceived decision,” wrote President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) Bob Ross in a statement.
“Flight attendants are the last line of defense on an aircraft and as first responders, we know this move by TSA is a bad idea that needs to be reversed,” he added. “Aviation security relies on a layered approach where if terrorists breach a layer, second and third layers come into play to protect us. Letting our guard down in Pittsburgh or any other airport for the benefit of retailers is not the right approach to airline safety and security.”
The AFPA represents more than 26,000 American Airlines flight attendants.
The problem in all of this is that the TSA is engaged every, single day in multiple violations of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.
That Amendment reads:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
There are no warrants at the airport. No one has sworn an oath or signed an affirmation. “Administrative searches” are not mentioned in the Fourth Amendment. No particulars have been described or places to be searched and persons or things to be seized.
Every TSA agent is a criminal under our Constitution. Every single representative in Congress is a criminal who voted to federalize airport security and President George W. Bush is a criminal in that aspect as well, for violating the Constitution by signing such things as the Patriot Act and making sure that federal agents with the TSA enforce these unconstitutional searches and seizures.
Still, people think the TSA is keeping them safe, even though we have demonstrated time and again that they are doing anything but that.
Here’s a partial list of things that the TSA have been involved in besides the violation of the Fourth Amendment.
As for the body scanners, they’ve been shown to be nothing but a very expensive fraud.
Fox News reports:
Officials from the Pittsburgh International Airport originally announced their decision to allow non-flying passengers through security last Monday, but stressed that the new program — dubbed “myPITpass” — wouldn’t affect passenger or aircraft safety.
“We do not believe that this poses any additional safety threats,” said Christina Cassotis, the CEO of Allegheny County Airport Authority, to Fox News. “It’s like just having more airline passengers going through because they go through the same vetting process.”
According to Cassotis, the changes were instituted to allow companions of passengers to dine or shop in the terminals, or to escort their family and friends to their gates. In doing so, the program has become the first of its kind since the events of 9/11 — a fact that’s isn’t lost on the APFA.
“Days prior to the anniversary of 9-11 is when we should be reminding the public of the need to remain vigilant — not sending the message that the airport is no different than their local mall,” added Ross.
Ross, too, believes that the new myPITpass program will “clog [the] already frustratingly long TSA security lines,” although it’s too early to tell if the airport has seen any difference in wait times.
Just prior to launching the program, however, Cassotis told Fox News there’s a plan in place if the security lines become too crowded.
“If the line gets too long, we’re going to pull the non-ticketed passengers,” she said.
Another group of flight attendants sought to fight changes by the TSA that infringed on the Second Amendment rights of citizens. It’s as though these people are so scared that they are willing to violate the rights of millions of people to feel some sense of security, but it’s a false sense of security.
In the end, Congress, if it was to act Constitutionally, should de-federalize airport security under the TSA and allow the airlines or the airport to conduct its own security, which would not violate the US Constitution.
On this one though, the TSA has it right to allow people to shop in the airport as they like.