Tim Kurtz, a pilot
with United Airlines, graciously agreed to be interviewed. He provided
an insider's look at airport security and how it has changed since September
11, 2001. Learn about how to get through security faster, new government
policies, and new safeguards against terrorism.
How long have you been a pilot?
I have been a pilot for 15 years.
Are pilots allowed to carry firearms?
There is a program authorized by congress that will allow pilots to
carry firearms after they have taken a special training course.
Q What airline do you
Do you think they are overreacting when they are banning toy guns?
No, because an x-ray can't tell if the gun or other object is dangerous
or not. But some items need to be checked while others are a waste of
time to take out and find it is fake.
Q How has
security changed since 9/11?
1. Government has taken over scanning of items, not the airline company.
xxxx2. They are taping food packaging to
make sure no one tampers with the box.
xxxx3. Each night security seals each opening
with special tape for safety reasons.
xxxx4. All pilots have new I.D. to show
they are actually pilots.
xxxx5. Planes now have new bulletproof
Has security gotten more high-tech or more hand done?
More high tech because they search your bags for bombs.
Do you think there will be more or less terrorist
attacks in the future?
Which countries have you flown to as a pilot?
I have flown to Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil as a pilot.