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Security Screeners Are Vital to Safety

July 07, 2002

Every person who has criticized airport security and security screeners since Sept. 11 should applaud the dedication and the observation skills that resulted in the grounding of an airline piloted by two intoxicated pilots ("Pilots Drunk at Jetliner's Helm, Police Say," July 2). In this time of war and worry about homeland security it is easy to lay blame on our airport security forces. These first-line defense forces have a difficult job, are paid low wages, are met with hostility by passengers and are required to fulfill a job that can only be as good as the equipment they use and how much training they receive.

Obviously the security screeners on duty did their job because they cared. Next time you stand in line for a security check, thank the security people for their time. They are there to save lives and they know it.

Ron Dotson

Eagle Rock

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