Yes, I agree that the airlines should have been more aggressive in their security measures. There is absolutely no question about that. However, they lost big $$$$$$$$ when their planes were not allowed to fly..... and with everyone's unwillingness to fly now. Unfortunately, if the airlines go bankrupt, it's the employees and their families that suffer.
Here in KC we have a TWA overhaul base that is one of the staples in our economy. They employ ALOT of people. Now I don't know if TWA is having probs right now, but there are overhaul bases for all the airlines, that are having financial problems, somewhere. If these go down, the main income for many families would be gone, as well as the spending from those families....which can affect the economies in those cities....maybe even all of our economies. Not to mention how many ticket agents and flight attendants that would be out of work..my cousin happens to be a flight attendant for United.
So really, there's much more to the BIG picture than just "bailing out a failing company". They are saving the jobs of hundreds, maybe thousands, of everyday American citizens.
I do believe that the government should be running the show...millitary for security is a big one. There should definately be stringent background checks on all employess...which there probly has not been. It has been made apparent by the airlines over the years that they have not been able to properly manage themselves, but I don't believe that jobs should be sacrificed as a result of their mistakes.