End Ticketed Passengers Only At Our Airports NOW! sign now

After airports tightened security after the 9/11 attacks, only people with tickets have been allowed through security meaning we'd had to say our goodbyes at security. I do not enjoy having to do that, as I'm sure many don't either. A website has been created to end this ridiculous policy at our airports:
http://www.changeairportsecurity.org/

Don't be fooled, "Ticketed Passengers Only" is NOT a security measure. The following is only a partial list as to why this is a waste of time.

1. Preventing non-passengers (meeters and greeters) from going to gates does not enhance security since all persons must pass through security and clear checkpoint areas. Meeters and greeters make up a small percentage of all pedestrian traffic (10 to 15\%), and have little if any effect on security, logistically.

2. Prohibits friends and loved-ones from providing assistance to children (unaccompanied minors), elderly and handicapped persons. While gate passes may be available, many people do not know the procedure and are unable to obtain one. This is coupled with the fact that airlines are laying-off employees, thus causing even less assistance to travelers in need. This could also lead to violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act in the U.S.

3. Visitors are less likely to be a security threat. They usually do not have large bags and simply walk through the magnetometer. And at certain slow times of the day, there are no passengers walking through the checkpoint at all. There is no reason not to let these persons through to the gate area.

4. The Airport, including all gate areas, is public and should be open to all. This procedure is followed in courthouses and other government buildings. "Ticketed passengers only" is an unnecessary and unacceptable restriction of movement, and serves no useful purpose. It only leads to the inconvenience of everyone.

5. Businesses and Restaurants, airport malls, at the airport are seeing a
financial loss due to less revenue because of "ticketed passengers only".

How did the 9/11 terrorists get on the planes in the first place? The fact is that on September 11, the terrorists, like everyone else, had tickets! You can't get on the plane without one. How would "Ticketed Passengers Only" have stopped them? It wouldn't have.

In fact several of these thugs were picked out for a more thorough check. But were passed because the knives they had were less than 4 inches long. In accordance with FAA regulations at the time. Why did everyone come down on the security persons? They DID their job! And box cutters were NEVER allowed past security!

And think about this, how many more freedoms do you want taken away, incrementally. If this policy of "Ticketed Passengers Only" is not ended, it will give government technocrats all the excuses they need to implement even more draconian policies, not only at airports, but also in other facets of our lives.

Just because it's like this everywhere else in the world doesn't mean it has to be here in the U.S.

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