17 Years After 9/11 – The Security Show Goes On
Opinion Editorial written by Jason J. Baker — Lets hope everyone gets a chance to pause and spend a few minutes in silence at 8:46AM this morning on the east coast of the United States. It was that time, 17 years ago, that 150 tons of aircraft slammed into the side of the World Trade Center in New York City. Almost 3,000 people were killed that day. The day changed everything for many of us in aviation, but it also changed how Aviation is perceived in the United States of America.
Our politicians went to work big time and put a “blanket of security” over the United States, particularly over anyone and everything related to aviation, airplanes and flying. We took action! We fixed stuff! Isn’t the fact that 9/11 wasn’t repeated proof perfect for just how incredibly effective the governments measures have been? Many of the things decided then affect us today, even though General Aviation could not be further in spirit from the airline industry.
Seattle Suicide Was Just A Glitch
Of course the suicide incident in Seattle a few weeks ago was no more than a glitch, the countless other incidents and things which never hit the news because they have the potential to cause civil unrest, remain well squelched. Carefully omitted from the ears and frontal cortex’s of most walking homo sapiens. The problem remains that in the end, it doesn’t matter if the incident happened with an airliner on a international airport or with a Cessna 140 in Jackman, Maine. It all mushes together for the press.
The President Needs Protection From General Aviation
Just like many years ago, General Aviation is still portrayed to be a huge threat to the security of our nation and the general news media works every single day to keep the concept of private flying alien to most citizens. I guess I am not the only one wishing for a President who has a private pilot certificate? The best way the press can find to portray the danger is to show fighter jets launching when stray aircraft enter a Presidential No Fly Zone. Showing force makes us feel strong – I guess, I get it. Meanwhile the riff between General Aviation and the general public and its lack of knowledge about General Aviation has never ever been larger than today… On my wish-list remains, 17 years after this catastrophe – that our industry finds a way to re-connect with the nonflying public. It used to be completely normal to own a private aircraft and fly around with it. People didn’t always belly-flop or begin hyperventilating when a small plane showed up to land in a river or in someones backyard…
Feel safe out there and remember that freedom and liberty are at risk with each new draconian, senseless knee-jerk reaction our politicians decide to fall for. Our industry is under constant attack, be it with the never ending story of ATC privatization or videos like the above. This might be good for tabloid news reporting, because its sensational – and sensational news bring lots of eyes – and lots of eyes bring… lots of advertising revenue. But for us in this industry – its one more reason to re-unite and refocus our efforts to reconnect among our own people and as importantly, General Aviation with those who vote.
Jason Baker works as a freelance writer and marketing & advertising consultant. He holds a commercial pilot certificate (SEL/SES/MEL), instrument rating as well as advanced & instrument ground instructor certificate. Jason is the owner & managing editor of Seaplanemagazine.com and also serves as Editor Europe for AVweb.com. For more information about consulting services offered, click on Consulting & Services. Advertising spots for 2019 are being offered now. If your company wishes to appear here in 2019, the time to get in touch is now.