Charles Schumer Crawls Out Of Hole To Talk About Airline Security

Yesterday Charles Schumer came out with this:

Schumer: Penalize foreign airports that have lax security
By Tony Romm – 01/03/10 03:05 PM ET

The United States should penalize countries that fail to implement tough screening standards at their airports, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.

Moreover, U.S.-based airlines should threaten not to fly into those airports either, in order to send a strong message about the importance of international passenger safety, he added.

“You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to realize that flights that originate in foreign countries pose a greater danger,” Schumer said during a press conference Sunday, according to CBS.

“What’s crucial is that we immediately send many more of our [Transportation Security Administration] agents to the airports to check on their compliance,” he added.

Only I couldn’t help but remember this:

December 16, 2009 2:22 PM
Schumer “Regrets” Slur of Flight Attendant
Posted by Brian Montopoli

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was reportedly waiting to take off on a flight from D.C. to New York Sunday when a flight attendant told him to turn his phone off.

According to the Republican aide who was apparently sitting nearby and told the story to Politico, both Schumer and his seatmate – fellow New York Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand – kept talking on their phones regardless.

Then the flight attendant came by again and told Schumer that everyone on the flight was waiting for him to turn off his phone.  He asked to finish his conversation but was told he could not; he then hung up and, according to the GOP aide, argued about the rule banning him from speaking on the phone.

When the flight attendant walked away, the aide told Politico, Schumer turned to Gillibrand and referred to the woman as a “bitch.”

Schumer spokesman Brian Fallon seems to be confirming the story; he told Politico that Schumer “made an off-the-cuff comment under his breath that he shouldn’t have made, and he regrets it.”

Perhaps the best detail of the story? The aide claims the phone rang again after Schumer finally hung up.

“It’s Harry Reid calling,” he said, according to the aide. “I guess health care will have to wait until we land.”

The problem with Charles Schumer talking about airports with lax security is that he should pretty much be treated like a terrorist, himself.

So I propose a compromise: how about if we boycott any foreign airport that has lax security, and any airline – whether foreign or domestic – that allows a loathsome toad like Charles Schumer to fly with them?

Just my humble way of trying to be bipartisan.

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