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Pilot in Trouble for Exposing Vital Airline Insecurity Secrets

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By Doug Powers  •  December 24, 2010 09:36 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

We won’t know the final fate of the pilot until James Clapper is clapped-on and alerted to this story at some point next week so he can assist Janet Napolitano in deciding what to do, but from the looks of it, the TSA should be hiring this guy as a consultant instead of considering punishing him:

An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.
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The pilot’s attorney, Don Werno of Santa Ana, said he believed the federal government sent six people to the house to send a message.

“And the message was you’ve angered us by telling the truth and by showing America that there are major security problems despite the fact that we’ve spent billions of dollars allegedly to improve airline safety,” Werno said.

Shows you how bright J-Nap’s DHS is — They’re investigating a guy who’s filming airport “secrets” and posting them online, so what do they do? Confiscate his gun and let him keep the camera.

Video from News10:

Janet Napolitano is expected to release a memo stating that behind-the-scenes airport security usually isn’t that lapse, it’s just that this guy happened to be filming on the DHS’s one day off a year, so the skies will be safe for at least the next 364 days. Rest easy, America!

All we know for now is that a system still exists that somehow allows a 16-year-old to stow away in a plane’s wheel — someone who could just as easily have been a terrorist (sorry, I meant “suspected man-caused disaster initiator”) — while the TSA aggressively patted down nuns and Boy Scouts.

**Written by Doug Powers

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