Citing "Unrealistic" Security Concerns, Salon's "Ask a Pilot" Defends "Pranksters in Dallas"
Smith's an airline pilot and writer -- a former punk fanzine self-publisher, matter of fact -- who maintains the "Ask a Pilot" website featuring log-rolling raves from the likes of Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner and James Fallows of The Atlantic. "Ask a Pilot" is also the name of his Salon column, in which he writes today that Ayala and Chen's hijinks weren't "exactly a threat to national security" or "indicative, as some are claiming it is, of a glaring weakness in the system." Instead, he writes:
In a nation where more than 2 million people fly each day, we cannot expect total invulnerability at airports -- or anywhere else. The idea of absolute, zero-tolerance security is not only impossible but dangerous to the country's fiscal and libertarian (with the small "l" if not the big one) well-being.Read the whole thing here.