NEW YORK, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in New York City at the monthly
luncheon for The Wings Club former Chairman, AMR Corporation and American
Airlines Bob Crandall shared his thoughts on the current state of affairs in
the airline business and what can be done to better optimize the industry's
Speaking to a gathering of high profile airline industry executives and
guests Crandall, while acknowledging the strides that have been made to
improve airline security since September 11th, stated that "we need to do a
great deal better with our security system than we have -- and soon -- if we
want to facilitate the recovery of the airlines and the travel and tourism
Outlining his plan Crandall called for the incorporation of "new
technologies and new approaches, which will either enhance security, improve
convenience of both." In particular Crandall noted that the Transportation
Securities Act (TSA) should take measures to integrate the use intelligence
information into the security process.
"Intelligence about people -- rather than inspection of things, is in my
view, the key to both enhancing security and maximizing traveler convenience.
Additionally, I think it's time to get over the notion that all profiling is
inherently bad. Profiling based on behavior, patterns of travel and other
objective criteria is clearly a positive step -- and even subjective
profiling, given the magnitude of the threat, seems only sensible."
Continuing, Crandall stated that while some people might be "offended,"
"most sensible people -- even those who might be selected for more intensive
scrutiny on the basis of appearance or dress -- will recognize that access to
the airline system is a privilege -- not a right; that selective interrogation
and search is not the equivalent of a presumption of guilt; and that focusing
our security resources on those most likely to be a threat is nothing but
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