Everyone knows that there are serious problems with airport security, and that most security measures are Kabuki-esque in nature. So a YouTube video showing those problems–even one that is being narrated by an airline pilot deputized to carry a gun in the cockpit–should come as no surprise to anyone.
What does surprise, however, is the fact that the TSA is disciplining the pilot in question for pointing out the security flaws found at airports.
I don’t know what the point of this is, other than for the TSA to inform all of us that it does not like being shown up by mere airline pilots. It is better for all of us to know what problems still exist with airport security; thus allowing us to demand changes in security procedures. The TSA might argue that by publicizing the problems found at airports, the pilot is allowing terrorists to take advantage of the information found in his YouTube video, but even without having seen the video, I am willing to bet that the pilot did not reveal any new information (everyone knows that contraband gets through the screening process all the time), and by revealing the information, the pilot actually did more to tell us, and the clueless TSA what problems need to be fixed.
And instead of being thanked, he is being punished. It boggles the mind. In a sane world, of course, higher-ups at the TSA, and at the Department of Homeland Security would be forced to answer for the huge security lapses documented in the pilot’s video. But we do not live in a sane world.