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STICK SHAKER: OPENING DOORS AT NASAO LAND, AIR MARSHALS

OPENING DOORS AT NASAO LAND

Kim2As most of you know by now, NASAO entered the world of social media a couple of months ago. Rather than being presented, like at a debutant ball, we quietly eased into this well-established society. You see, I didn’t want to appear that we were a ‘johnny-come-lately’ to the party – you know, brown shoes/black tux! We’ve also begun sharing some of our news briefs with the world – well, maybe at least North America. But hey, we’re starting to attract some attention. We had a couple of news items go viral! OK, for us it was viral; we have 58 followers on Facebook as of now, but we had two items reach over 500 people! I also had a call from a professor at George Washington University here in the D.C. area. He said he saw a news item about drones on our webpage and wanted to invite us to an upcoming event. Wow, GW has a drone program – go figure. I can’t wait to see what other doors of opportunity open our way!

AIR MARSHALS

I don’t know if you saw the article this week in the New York Post about the retired U.S. Air Marshall who said that flying today is more dangerous with them on board than it used to be, because they are overworked, over-caffeinated and out of shape. I’ll leave the other descriptive comments for your reading pleasure should you decide to check out the article. I wouldn’t want to comment too much on this without hearing from other sources, but it did bring back memories of my days in Executive Protection. If you didn’t know, I was a body guard for three different governors – pretty interesting times, for sure! I only say this, because I traveled armed a lot on the airlines – things have changed a lot since those days. It used to be a pretty straight-forward process; you fill out the appropriate paperwork, give a copy to the gate agent, a copy to the pilot when you came on board and kept a copy for your records. As long as the Captain and the head flight attendant knew where you were seated, all was good. Most even appreciated having you on board. Although there was the occasional pilot (and they had final say), mostly on TWA, that said no way are you flying on my plane with a loaded gun. I have to tell you that I wouldn’t want to be a U.S. Air Marshall, with that responsibility, if I wasn’t in shape, rested and fully focused. By the way, if you are interested in the history of the topic, there is an excellent book that I just finished, called The United States Federal Air Marshall Service: A Historical Perspective, 1962-2012, by Clay W. Biles. It’s available on Amazon.

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