PASS THIS ALERT ALONG TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
Armed Pilot Program Screening Standards Unacceptable
The TSA (the same government bureaucracy that recently gave itself
the power to unceremoniously revoke a pilot's certificate) will
require from each Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) candidate:
1)A lengthy and probing
application & resume.
2)A government administered
psychological exam, testing AIRLINE PILOTS for things like MENTAL
ABILITIES, JUDGMENT, DISCIPLINE,
AND THE ABILITY TO FOLLOW PROCEDURES, POLICIES, REGULATIONS AND
LAWS. Airline pilots prove each day that they possess an abundance
of these traits. What would happen to a pilot that failed to meet
the TSA standard? Would the benevolent government bureaucracy be
merciful enough to let him continue to do the job he has been doing
quite well for many years?
3)A one-on-one "interview" with a TSA psychiatrist.
The TSA will be screening to make sure that AIRLINE PILOTS CAN "CONDUCT
THEMSELVES WITH MAXIMUM REGARD FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE
TRAVELING PUBLIC, CREW AND FAMS..." No kidding.
4)A very probing, intrusive
and exhaustive government sponsored background investigation
to include an "interview" with
a TSA "security expert." They will call a pilots neighbors,
friends, relatives, co-workers, previous employer and, in direct
violation of the law, THEY WILL ASK HIS OR HER CURRENT AIRLINE
EMPLOYER IF THEY THINK THE PILOT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE FFDO PROGRAM. Considering the airlines longstanding and
clear opposition to this program, we wonder what the answer might
5)A medical evaluation. Apparently existing FAA exams required
every six months are inadequate for the TSA.
6)TSA agents will be
skulking around FFDO training facilities with pencils and notepads
THE BEHAVIOR OF FFDO STUDENTS
DURING THEIR FIREARMS TRAINING and making sure they have the proper "mindset." Stand
by for a hostile training environment.
7)ANOTHER "psychological assessment" after
training is completed. Look forward to another TSA sponsored
TSA Proposed Firearms Carry Method is Unacceptable
The time proven method, the one that is the safest and most secure
way of transporting a firearm, is for the individual responsible
for the firearm to carry it on his person. The TSA is not planning
to allow this for FFDO's BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM
AS CUMBERSOME, UNMANAGEABLE, UNWIELDY AND AS EXPENSIVE AS POSSIBLE
in order to minimize the number of pilots that volunteer and to
doom the program to failure even before it starts. GUNS IN UNATTENDED
LOCK-BOXES OR IN UNSECURED CREW LUGGAGE WILL PUT ALL PILOTS IN
JEOPARDY AND MAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM LESS SAFE, but these
facts conflict with the TSA's true agenda: To scuttle the FFDO
A TSA attorney-advisor, Mr. Stephen L. Cohen has made it clear
that the TSA intends to make the program so difficult, intimidating
and burdensome that no pilot will volunteer.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Help us to remind the TSA that they serve the traveling public
and are responsible to the Congress, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!
RIGHT NOW, CALL 202/224-3121. ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR CONGRESSIONAL
REPRESENTATIVE AND BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS.
TELL THEM THAT THE TSA IS IGNORING THE WILL OF CONGRESS AND IS
UNREASONABLY LIMITING THE NUMBER OF AIRLINE PILOTS THAT MAY BE
THEN CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AT 202/456-1111. TELL PRESIDENT BUSH
TO FIX THE PROBLEM AT THE TSA TODAY AND MAKE THEM IMPLEMENT AN
ARMED PILOT PROGRAM THAT COMPLIES WITH THE WILL OF CONGRESS.
Airline pilots want nothing more than a reasonable, effective
and safe program. It is OBSCENE to subject airline pilots, who
willingly volunteer for this unpaid duty so that they can defend
their passengers and crew, to the TSA proposed minefield.
Airline pilots are not the enemy, the terrorists are!
Airline Pilots' Security Alliance
8190 Beechmont Ave # 340,
Cincinnati, OH 45255-6117