rmchambers, you couldn't be more correct. I recently flew commercially for the 1st time in 3 years. I am a student pilot. Whether I am flying the plane or just along for the ride, I love to fly. I have always looked forward to my commercial flights. With all that we hear nowadays about flying commercially, I was dreading it for days. The return flight was delayed 4 1/2 hours due to problems with the plane. Okay, $#^& happens, but flying shouldn't be something to be dreaded,especially by someone such as myself who is as happy and comfortable to be in the air as on the ground.
Well, Dave, that's just the thing. There are a multitiude of ways for a terrorist, or any other person with malicious intent, to board a plane. The only thing the TSA would make that person think twice about is which weakness to exploit.
There are nearly 1,500 switches. Although the astronauts and astronaut trainers are familiar with most of them, neither can tell you what switches should be used in every conceivable situation. They frequently must refer to the manual.