On the heels of glider pilot Robin Fleming being wrongfully incarcerated in South Carolina, I felt compelled to say a few things about the state of security in the US. Here we have a 70-year-old glider pilot who was such a threat to national security that he was cuffed and put in jail for 24 hours (the charges were dropped, if he agreed not to file suit). He was accused of over-flying a nuclear power station. How’s that for justice?
The incident with Fleming is a disturbing metaphor for how far this country has strayed from its roots. It seems our government agencies have begun to operate with almost complete impunity in the name of security.
Because of the tragedies of 9/11, aviation has been mercilessly persecuted; airports locked down like prisons; passengers treated like terrorists; airspace restrictions imposed; aviation paranoia propagated. Anytime an airplane goes overhead it is viewed with suspicion – truly sad. And we wonder why student pilot starts are down and why some existing pilots are leaving the fold (admittedly this is only one of the several reasons).
I only hope that time will heal this great national wound, whose epicenter is not NYC, but aviation at-large.
This quote sums up how I feel about the “security theatre” we have placed upon ourselves in this land of the free and home of the brave.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” – Benjamin Franklin
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