Thursday, February 11, 2010

The TSA backs off of general aviation

The TSA announced that it will scrap plans to tighten the restrictions on General Aviation.

An earlier proposal suggested that items such as golf clubs, baseball bats and the various gels like shaving cream, tooth paste and other prohibited items would also be banned from the smaller GA aircraft used in charter operations or even in private aircraft.

As we all know, General Aviation is not the same as a commercial flight.

We know our passengers and even if you were to load a Cessna 172 or Piper Warrior to its max gross weight with explosives it would do less damage than my Buick loaded to its max with TNT.

I hope this is the beginning of the education of not only the security agencies but the people in general.

It is up to each of us to provide our own security if we wish to keep the freedoms that we enjoy.

If we are either unwilling or just too lazy and turn all of our personal security over to agencies like the TSA we will then turn in to a country like the Germany of 1939-1945 or the Russia of the Cold War era.

What are we afraid of?

Read the full story over at NPR.

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