The fight over flight security: Nude flights? many feel Naked already

August 12, 2006 at 12:32 pm 2 comments

A conversation I overheard while doing a story on airport security. ” But if you take away my PDA and cell phone – I’ll have no brain!” Or as another person says- they will be naked without their laptop. Also no key drives… even SD memory cards. Wallets- this level of security measures makes no sense at all on some levels. There must be a better way- perhaps specail ‘ genuine business traveler ‘ visa and pre-screening for those who travel to keep the global ecconomy alive.

A simple check of travel documents showing a guy say flying from the Bay Area for a silicon valley firm to Manila, Taiwan, and, Hong Kong four times a month – who has say 200 business cards of eletronics firms – taking away his laptop and PDA means 14 hours less productivity and more reasons for these US firms not to locate their firms production facilities so far from home – Mexico or Canada could offer similar incentives to them.

sometimes overkill is best shown by passengers using cameraphones to show the effect:

Perhaps the next thing the TSa will ban will be camera phones so people can not have evideice of the foulups and snafus that happen.

So Asian countries might want to re-check the plan issued on from the USA and UK.perhaps also like in Manila where Business reps from the department of trade and industry often are posted at the airport to make sure these people get where they need to go.Could happen at other places- a simple set of phone calls company ID’s verification of these could be done- and pre-screened travelers – could be set up with airline firms like Star allaince or others.

the recent terror related security measures may lead as some suggestion to drastic measures to prevent terror attacks. Nude flights is one – or hospital gowns – I must admit it will make business class more interesting,

But kidding aside the blog post below is something to look at.

” schmoo on the run by schmook and schmoo · 31 blogs link here

AIRPORT SECURITY CLAMPDOWN IS A FARCE ANYONE could get past the so called ‘security clamp down’ farce now in progress at Heathrow, Gatwick and other…

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There is little chance this extreme of nude flights would really happen. But, wouldn’t it be shame now that Hooters air is no more? the idea of No or little carry on items such as say a small belt bag with papers and a few other items would be a good idea. I do not agree however with the no cell phones or pda’s or laptops.

Many are reluctant because of a high level of theft inside airport luggage areas and lost bags and valuable items say a $3000 laptop The best thing that could happen there perhaps is to have screeners make things more capable. the right gear to check, sniff and scan devices. “Mans best friend” still works the best. Dogs, have saved countless lives – oftentimes the mere presence of Dogs at shopping malls and airports make it tough for any but the most effective plotters to get past security teams.

A little comedy:

Another means would be fed ex type pouches available for those who do want to bring items along. checked in- scanned and double scanned- and checked- at the door and handed back at the door of the aircraft.

On my recent flight back here from the USA. I noted nearly everyone had a small electronic device aboard. There are even ideas from some to provide more options in flight for passengers. that was a 14 hour flight across the Pacific – In that time I could write a small novel.

Perhaps another would better to have flights this way- optional no carry flights- one checked in bag and another with full service flights- whole planes- for those who do carry more than the usual. I feel sorry for those who are business travelers- the impact of the loss of data and information and other items say samples meant for production lines makes the idea that even in failing this plot has caused millions of dollars in incomes all across the lines.

It might be a good idea to be looked into for business travelers and lord knows how in Asia – stripping away a PDA or Laptop is akin to flying in the nude for many a business traveler or journalist like myself. If I had to hand over my laptop, phone, PDA, camera, etc. I would rather just not go.

The only thing these safety measures does is create a high demand for private jets and charters and smaller aircraft.

Imagine if those people could go to specific pre-flight lines where they could pay more and have a professional scan and check everything?

Naked flights? in a way these are already happening when people in particular business travelers and others face the prospect of being stripped of the very trade items that they need. So even in failure this plot has caused a problem filled week. As even the mere thought of actual planes being destroyed is an unacceptable alternative- but perhaps there are better ways of doing these things.



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ldspatriot  |  August 13, 2006 at 9:27 am

    What a mess! But if we do move to naked flights, can we make sure only good looking people are on the planes, please, otherwise it could be another form of terror seeing some people naked!

  • 2. Private Jet  |  December 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm

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