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January 3rd, 2010
04:00 AM ET

Air Travel Safety: "The system is still breaking down"

Millions of people are traveling by air this weekend as they wrap up their holiday celebrations. We continue the conversation on airline safety with former Dept. of Transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo.

Join TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Mary Schiavo spoke Saturday about how profiling was tried before 9-11 and it didnt work her statement was nothing more then words from a rights activist thats untrue and unfounded .

    January 3, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  2. dave in des moines

    The following are ideas to increase productivity on the job for certain employees. This should reduce errors on the job as well.
    Some brain studies have shown people are the most productive between complete boredom and too much stress. Other studies have shown when people exercise, they are more productive on the job and it reduces job errors. Exercise reduces the bad brain chemistry by employees who are bored on the job. Still other studies have shown when employees are allowed to volunteer in any community, they are more productive on their jobs. Perhaps this breaks up the day of complete boredom for any employee.
    We have adopted a culture of the 40 hours workweek. This is not due to brain research studies, but that of history. Many jobs require that employees stay focused on the jobs. They need to be accurate on the job. However, many are on the Boredom spectrum on their jobs.
    We need to adopt a new policy for some workers, so they can remain sharp on their jobs.
    Perhaps some exercise equipment could be housed at some workplaces. Perhaps some jobs could be shared so to break up the day of employees. So this will reduce boredom and mistakes on the job.

    January 3, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  3. SamRam

    Without a doubt; if you are thre victim of an explosion and by some chance happen to survive with "only" injuries; when you arrive at the hospital, you wil be scanned and never know, or care, who is doing the scanning - and be most grateful you are there. I recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer and went through so many scans to make sure it hadn't spread that I do not even remember how many - I did not even consider who was "checking me out" and could care less. Let female TSA agents attend to female passenger scans; and let male TSA agents attend to male scans. If you have been to a high-school locker room; a health club locker room; a college or military locker room - you have, most likely, been more "exposed." Get a grip folks. We are talking life and death here for you as an individual; or your loved ones that are boarding planes; and we know that airplanes are the target of methodical attacks. You'll get over it! Be thankful we have the technology. Have a Safe, Secure and Happy Flight!! Happy 2010!!

    January 4, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  4. linda collins

    about a month ago i emailed tony,but with no response,anyway.what i was writing about is i am wondering where the billions of dollars Bush(not one of my favorite people!) spent to improve the security on airline flights.I don't think this person that tried to blow up the airline by puting a bomb in his underwear,need to do that.He could have probably just put it in his carry on bag.In october i flew from fbks alaska to phoenix az.I had forgotten to take a aprox 6" pocket knife from the "OUTSIDE POCKET" of my purse,but guess what.,going to and traveling back,I went thru all the security stops with no one seeing this pocket knife in my purse.As I said before,under Bush's presidency,where did all these billions of dollars go to,i can just imagine.But,it certainly doesn't seem like it went to improve airline security!!

    January 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm |