The most basic function of government is to protect its people. We pay our taxes, in part, to support our men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
This whole mess should be between the DoD and Delta, military personnel traveling on orders should not be involved in the process beyond being transported from point A to point B, period. Those who think taxpayers shouldn't have to pay, and that our men and women in uniform should pay, need to leave this country, now. Those who think Delta should eat the extra cost, at a time when every airline is struggling to stay in business, should stay out of business and economics.
It's the TSA's job to ensure transportation safety, ICE's job to deal with immigration issues. It would appear neither does their job particularly well, mainly because both are understaffed, overworked, and grossly underfunded.
If they want to catch illegal immigrants at airports, then put ICE agents at the screening stations. TSA officers have enough to do as it is. Quite frankly, the BDO's could learn from the Israelis if they're wasting time pulling people out of line who aren't threats to air safety.
Let's see here...
Criminal trespass, petty theft, disorderly conduct, all caught on video and published by the ones who committed the acts (there had to be others involved, who operated the cameras). But DFW Police have to investigate to see what crimes were committed? REALLY?
Thank God this was just a foolish prank, and not someone looking to create a sequel to 9/11. To those who think this was no big deal, how would you like to be on the aircraft that happens on because the obvious security flaws highlighted in the video were never addressed?
Right up until one (or more) of the adult juveniles walked into the kitchen area, it might have been funny. Once they stepped foot into an area that was both off limits and contained potential weapons, it stopped being funny, and demonstrated a serious security flaw that endangers lives.
Sky High Air, and pilot Chad McLeod, should be grounded until they get their act together. They already skipped out on payment earlier in the week, later attributing the "mistake" to forgetfulness. That excuse went right out the window when they tried to skip out on payment a second time, claiming their schedule was too tight to take a few minutes and make the required payment. The second attempt to skip out intentionally nullifies the "mistake" of the first time they actually skipped out, proving it to be another intentional act to defraud a service provider. It would also appear the pilot was in a bit of a hurry, forgetting to remove the nose gear chocks, which makes me think he had no intent to pay anything.
Now, add to that the fact that the passenger, Denard Harris, ended up footing the bill, and it's pretty clear Sky High Air did not have the money to pay in the first place, proving prior intent to defraud. One need not be a lawyer to put this one together.
The FAA need
"The pilot managed to set the plane down in a gap between a relay tower about 60 to 70 feet high and a line of trees 25 to 30 feet high -- around 500 yards from his home. "He did a great job," Barry said."
Okay, maybe I missed something here... What aircraft "crashed?"
I'm sorry, but after a week of watching the media behave like, well, I have no polite comparison for how they behaved (other than mainstream media made the National Enquirer look reputable by comparison), I'm a little touchy about headlines and other statements meant to sensationalize, rather than just tell the truth. A better headline would have included the skillful emergency landing (especially since the aircraft did not crash), not the lie that was actually used. Such sensationalism violates journalism ethics, misleads the readers, and becomes a distraction from the actual story.
We lost a big piece of aviation and warbird history, which is tragic enough. If not for the teamwork of all, and the skill and