Airport Security Measures
In lieu of the tragic events that took place on 9/11, airway travel has certainly felt the biggest blowback from Terrorism. The people demanded tighter and more innovative security. They wanted to feel safer when they got on a plane to go wherever (airway travel is the second most popular form of travel in the United States, second to driving a car). Airports around the nation had no choice but raise their standards to meet the peoples’ expectations, and tighten their security measures to ensure nothing like that tragedy ever occurred again. Here is how airport security works and how they keep us safe.
An airport’s first line of defense is the basics: fences, barriers, and walls. These tall structures (usually lined with barbed-wire or made with a very anti-climb policy in mind) are carefully watched, as patrols scan the perimeter on a regular basis. This is even more so the cases in sensitive areas like baggage holding, fuel depots, or areas near the terminals. This vigilance has also extended to vehicular area, where large barriers able to stop a full-sized moving truck can be deployed if they feel a threat is eminent.
Another security measure is requesting more information about the passengers. This is done via more thorough screening, where passengers determined to be high-risk (through a variety of information gathered) are continued to be screened and scrutinized, and in some cases, denied their request to fly all together. This also falls to the check-in attendants and other airport employees asking questions like, “Has your luggage been with you at all times?” These kinds of questions can help eliminate threats to both the airport and its many planes nearby.
The most commonly known security measures are the metal detector and the x-ray. While there are ways to get around this (using certain cover materials), the government has devoted a vast majority of resources to bettering their detection systems. With these new metal detectors and x-ray, TSA employees are able to better recognize and detain threats before they even get to the loading area. While it still isn’t perfect, the margin of error is smaller than ever before.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that airports are trying their best to ensure their passengers’ safety. And while no system is perfect, every little bit helps. As technology improves, so too will our defenses against terroristic threats.
Airport Security Essay
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After the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has increased its efforts in protecting its airports. At that time, “the security scanners already in place in most airports included baggage x-rays, metal detectors, and chemical residue detectors, which help security staff search out illegal items that a passenger might have” (DiLascio). These security scanners unfortunately failed in their job. Since then, the Transportation Security Administration has been keeping American airports safe using the latest technology. Airports have now been fitted with high-tech body scanners rather than the archaic metal detectors that only detect metal objects. During the past few years, individuals have attacked the…show more content…
“‘We are frequently reminded that our enemy is creative and willing to go to great lengths to evade detection,’ the director of the TSA, Kosketz said. ‘TSA utilizes the latest intelligence to inform the deployment of new technology and procedures, like the pat-down, in order to stay ahead of evolving threats’” (“Mad as Hell”).
After the terrorist attacks the Transportation Security Administration has introduced new and advanced technology, called Backscatter technology, to airports. Before the Backscatter, commonly called a full-body scanner, was introduced into the equation the metal detector was the main instrument in finding illegal objects. However, this tool was only useful in finding metal objects. The Backscatter technology has made the metal detector obsolete because it finds any illegal object or substance that may be concealed under clothes. “One of the most effective additions to airport security in the United States following the attacks of September 11, 2001, is the full-body scanner. Whereas metal detectors are only useful for locating guns, knives, and metallic weapons, full-body scanners look beneath the clothes, locating weapons and substances that are heavily concealed and not visible under a metal detector” (Auerbach). In order for the
Backscatter technology to work, it has to emit a small dose of radiation. This is where the argument about heath risks comes in. “Backscatter technology