We're Not El Al
Geoff Cutler certainly brings up some good criticisms of the current TSA approach to airline security (Nov. 21).
His comments and recommendations suggesting that El Al security should be used here, however, are made in ignorance.
It has been some time since I was flying into and out of Ben Gurion airport, but these things have not changed very much.
Israel has one international passenger airport. It handled under 11 million passengers in 2009.
El Al has 43 or 33 (depending upon whom one talks to) passenger aircraft. Several of those are short-range models.
All El Al layover aircraft at foreign airports are parked away from terminals and guarded by armored vehicles and armed troops.
Their interviewers are extremely well-trained and also question outgoing crews. This does result in superior security, but how would we implement these procedures here with our huge number of “international” airports and more than 750 million passengers a year?
I hope someone can come up with a suitable answer.
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