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Steven Frischling
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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

You can find Fish on Twitter at @flyingwithfish …and … join Fish every Thursday at 3:30pm EST as he hosts the weekly #TNI #Travel Chat on Twitter.

Aviation Security … The Archie Bunker Viewpoint

First off … if you don’t know who Archie Bunker is this post may not make any sense to you … that said, given that I was born in June 1975, I am reaching back into the brilliance of Archie Bunkerisms that pre-date my own existence by nearly three years.

 

In the early 1970s commercial aviation was filled with hijackings. Between January 1, 1970 (When a Cruzeiro flight between Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro was hijacked) and September 16 1972 when All In The Family aired “Archie and the Editorial” there were 20 commercial airline hijackings, 9 of which involved U.S. airlines.   Given the heightened tension regarding aviation security the public wanted solutions for staying safe in the skies … much like today.

 

Unlike today, there was no mandatory passenger screening when “Archie and the Editorial” aired. Passenger screening did not become mandatory until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented it at U.S. airports in 1973.

 

So … now that airlines around the world face unruly passengers, drunk passengers and civility on many flights seems to have gone the way of Braniff, British Caledonian and Mexicana … maybe it is time to remember Archie Bunker’s view on gun control for airline passengers.

 

Happy Flying!

 

@flyingwithfish

(for those with no humor, All In The Family is written in a tongue-in-cheek manner)

 

5 Responses

  1. Too funny. Thanks for a blast from the past.

  2. this is priceless. I loughed so hard. Thanks

  3. Classic Archie Bunker. I’ve used this clip in several aviation security courses conducted for commercial pilots. It always gets a reaction.

  4. You mean I don’t get to keep the gun after the flight is over? Damn. Thanks for the laugh.

  5. Now imagine this: A re-rebuttal delivered by Meathead (that’s Archie’s parasite son-in-law, Rob Reiner) arguing for the exact opposite.

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