Highlighting security concerns

A 24 year old has created a website that lets people with an Internet access and a printer print fake boarding passes! The objective of the exercise, as the Computer security Phd student and website creator put it, was to highlight the serious flaws in airport and airline security. TSA officials are not amused and the issue has caught the attention of politicians as well. What’s clear is that there are loopholes in airport security and passenger convenience takes precedence over stricter precautions. Travelers needs to wake up to a new reality – that security involves inconvenience all the way to the destination and that’s a small price to pay for safety and airlines need to wake up to the fact that security checks at the airport don’t necessarily mean the skies are clear. Another point – it might be a good idea to enlist an army of devil advocates from across the country to work on ideas to enhance flight safety (since security concerns seem to bother some enough for them to devote their energies and time to questionable ‘public service’ projects!)

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.

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