Pilots and Security Decisionmaking

The Airline Pilots Association (ALPA, the largest pilots union) has petitioned the FAA to give pilots total control over security decisions when on the ground. Currently, airline employees and the TSA control decisions when the plane is parked at the gate, and the Captain has final authority in the air.

My unsupported hunch? If you give this authority to pilots, it will be used in work slowdowns. Rather than a safety measure, it’s a way of amassing leverage for union bargaining. Just as pilots might work slowly before and after takeoff, and mechanics might ground flights for minor transgressions that don’t effect safety, pilots would now be able to use their own judgment and decide to cancel a flight for “security reasons.”

Maybe I’m just paranoid…

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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