Jacob recently wrote in via our contact form with this gem of insightful analysis. When will more pilots and other insiders break the silence to share their critically needed knowledge on this issue?
To whom this may concern. I thought you might like to hear a little inside truth about what really goes on at airports. I am the CEO of Starlight Airways, and also a commercial pilot for many years. I know for a fact that the TSA does NOTHING to protect our skies.
For example, there is something called BBJ or Boeing Business Jets. What this is, is a fractional ownership program set up through Boeing, and other companies that enable people to rent a large aircraft, such as 767 737 757 etc, for personal travel. The cost of these planes range from 1500 to 9000 per flight hour, and will be waiting for you at any airport of your choosing.
At all international airports there is something called FBOs. These are places for private aircraft to land, and take off of without having to go through the hassle of the terminal. I used to fly, and still fly into these places on occasion, and I can tell you that you can walk straight from your car to the plane without going through even a simple metal detector. There is no TSA around, no pat downs, no full body scanners, NOTHING.
Now, what does this matter you may ask. Well 911 was a sad day for all of us, but despite what most people think, most of the damage was caused by the fuel in the tanks of those aircraft’s. Most of the deaths was due to this reason. Yes people died on the planes, but for the most part, it was due to the fuel. Now, the adv cost of a first class ticket is around 3000 dollars, and you have to be basically violated, and raped to board. Or you can go to any search engine, and type in BBJ aircraft for rent, and not have anything done to you, and get the SAME plane type that was used on 911.
The TSA is a smoke screen, if the terrorist really wanted to cause another 911 to happen, they would not attack the airlines, they would use this method most likely. It cost about the same, and they will never have to worry about being caught. I was taking a jump seat back home, and had to go through the TSA crap, and while I was telling another passenger this information, a TSA agent came up to me, and told me that I needed to keep my mouth shut. I was in my pilots uniform, and they threaten me, and told me that they would have my license pulled, if I let this information out. I told them to go to hell, and gave them the number to the FAA. Of course they never did anything, but the point is, they are worthless. They do nothing to protect us. It is like having a bunch of monkeys running the security. Please put this information out there, as I think it would do people good to know what is really going on. Thank you