St. George incident shows airports need more security, Chaffetz says

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    July 19, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    It's allready a requirement to make sure your aircraft is secured.

    When aircraft are outlawed only outlaws will have aircraft.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 19, 2012 7:04 p.m.

    This is stupid! how much more security is needed? If this had been just some schmuck, it would have been a non incident. however, it was a pilot who I assume had time in the type. he knew how to operate the plane and everything. how would better and much more expensive security have stopped this. couldn't he as an employee of skywest simply stated his need and right to be there and buffaloed the 'security' this is really an extreme example of what can happen, and extreme longlasting measures don't need to be taken. just like was mentioned, someone in Washington breaking wind.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Why don't he take a page from SkyWest? They painted over the aircraft logo. Let's paint over Jason.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    "...Congressman Jason Chaffetz is calling for enhanced security efforts at the nation's airports following the theft of a jet in St. George...".

    Their going to waterboard passengers?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    I agree with almost every other comment here.

    Isn’t this the epitome of a hypocrisy?

    Jason Chaffetz –
    Congessman – “ I’m gonna sue the TSA, We need LESS Government invasion not MORE?”

    If this had been any other U.S. Congressman, you’d have my attention.

    But – Honestly, right or wrong, Rep. Chaffetz is the very LAST person to be saying this.

    What a Hypocrite.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 19, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    A knee-jerk reaction to a problem is not going to fix the problem.

    Could a non-pilot have done what was done in St. George? Maybe Mr. Chaffetz should just ban pilots from entering airports.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    C'mon Congressman Chaffetz, I am a huge supporter of yours, but this is just a typical Washington politician reaction to any incident where politicians want to be seen "doing something" to "fix the problem," especially if it will bring money to their district. I had thought you are better than that, or maybe you have been inside the beltway too long.

    At some point you need to make a tradeoff between total impenetrable security and the cost of providing and maintaining it.

    Look at prisons for a model of the security needed to prevent people from getting out (or in) from someplace. Or maybe the fence along the border with Mexico. Oh, wait, some prisoners escape and millions of illegals cross the border every year. Maybe those are not adequate security either.

    Let's have guard towers with machine guns and searchlights, double or triple rows of electric fences with razor wire. Extend the fence 10 feet below the surface so no one can tunnel underneath it. Maybe a moat filled with crocodiles. How much will all that cost?

  • Voice Saint George, UT
    July 18, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    Really? Chaffetz is calling for better security? The guy who wouldn't comply with airport security in Salt Lake City?

    It's too bad what he did that day when he made such a ruckus in SLC makes him less credible now.

    I do think there needs to actions taken to prevent such circumstances such as this in the future. I'm sure the airports and law enforcement will do an adequate job of assessing and solving this. Please don't get involved Jason or any other congress members.

  • Walkerwg Duncan, OK
    July 18, 2012 8:46 p.m.

    More security? Please. There is already WAY too much airport security. Airport security has done severe damage to the aviation industry already. Airplanes are becoming things that no one can afford, no one can see up close and personal, and everyone is afraid of them. If the FAA and TSA governed automotive travel, we would be paying $3-400K for cars, driving on narrow 2 lane roads with 3 mile spacing, enforced by radar observation and radio voice commands from central vehicle traffic control centers. We would be x-rayed and probed before being allowed to get into our personal ground transportation vehicle. Except that only a few could afford such vehicles. The rest of us, after being scanned and probed, would be riding on a bus, also controlled by voice control from the center radar control center.

    Chaffetz, your policy prescription sound like more big brother incorporated. Washington does things to people, doesn't it?

    By the way, yes the St. George incident was tragic. The murder of the perp's girlfriend was more tragic. Seems to me all the guy wanted to do was create a fireball suicide. More airport security won't solve such nonsense.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 18, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Wait, is this the same Jason Chaffetz who threatened to sue TSA for "violating his rights" when they screened him before boarding a flight at SL International? Back then he was saying we need less airport he says we need more? What a guy...