Airline passenger organization FlyersRights.org has warned the Trump Administration that more 9/11 type terrorist attacks may occur unless it changes a series of ineffective or dangerous aviation security policies it is pursuing, the organization said.
The organization said the Trump Administration is hiding and failing to correct past inadequacies and compounding them by pursuing newly misguided policies including:
-Ignoring and hiding a rulemaking petition filed by FlyersRights.org in 2017 to fix the ammunition loophole that allows and even encourages carrying of guns and ammunition with no added security in checked baggage
-FY 2018 budget proposal eliminating budgets for airport security patrols and turning over all airport security other than passenger and baggage screening to local law enforcement (some Florida legislators have responded by calling for airports to become easy conceal carry zones
-Refusing any airport perimeter security so that the US is vulnerable to Brussels, Istanbul airport, and Manchester style terrorism (such attacks killed about 320 and paralyzed travel for days)
-Highly invasive pat downs, especially on children, disabled, elderly, transgender and sexual assault victims, thereby undermining public confidence and instilling fear and loathing by many passengers for the TSA, and used by no other country
-Continued refusal of high level TSA and DHS officials to meet with passenger groups and the exclusion of US based airline passenger organizations from its Aviation Security Advisory Committee
-Ignoring Congressional subpoenas and requests on dubious grounds apparently to cover up mismanagement
-No effective registration, security or defense against armed drones, now being used by terrorist organizations in the Middle East, from attacking US targets.
-TSA Ignoring requests for retrieval of confiscated property return, fair and transparent methods for damage or theft claims of passenger property or challenges to inclusion on watch or no fly lists
The US, despite many TSA problems, has been fortunate to have avoided massive new aviation terrorism attacks since 9/11/2001.
Previously, FlyersRights.org successfully supported in court cases the continued banning of knives in airliner cabins and the application of the Whistle Blower Protection statute to the Dept. of Homeland Security.