Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Strong words from pilots' unions

Captain Mike Cleary, head of the US Airways pilot union is using stronger language than his American Airlines counterpart did last week. An excerpt:

Let's be perfectly clear: the TSA procedures we have outlined above are blatantly unacceptable as a long-term solution. Although an immediate solution cannot be guaranteed, I can promise you that your union will not rest until all U.S. airline pilots have a way to reach their workplace ... the aircraft ... without submitting ourselves to the will of a TSO behind closed doors.
His recommendations are that pilots do not go through the scanners, opt for a private pat-down, and make sure to bring a witness to the private screening room, and then: "After being subjected to an enhanced pat-down procedure, pilots must evaluate their fitness for duty."

Hey, pilots! Don't forget about the mere customers who pay your salaries!