The Travel security agency, or the TSA, is an important agency whose job it is to protect our nation in airports and borders. Impressively, the Agency has stopped many weapons, and saved our citizens numerous times. According to several experts however, the TSA has never stopped a terrorist plot. Their methods have been questioned too. As our nation grows deeper and deeper in debt, the TSA is a huge cost that may need to be cut. In order to gain a clear understanding of the TSA, its successes, issues, and cost must be evaluated critically.
Surely the TSA has foiled some sort of terrorist plot in its nearly fifteen years of existence. But in reality, as far as we know, the TSA has not caught any! Nearly 200 million dollars a year goes into a hidden layer of airport security referred to as “behavior detection” which is where specially trained agents watch out for particular patterns of body language that might indicate that somebody is planning something malicious and apprehending them. However this supposed “vital layer” of security has done nothing more than catch drug smugglers and other such criminals. (CITATION 3) Which is great, but it was not drug smugglers that crashed planes into the World Trade Center. Adding more salt to the wound, an investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office found in that sixteen individuals later linked with terrorist activities flew 23 different times through United States Airports and not a single one was stopped by the so called “behavior detection officers.” (CITATION
Mental illness can be described using two words, both of which start with the letter ‘I’: Inevitable, and ignored. It is inevitable, because there’s always going to be people born with mental illness, and nearly everyone is guaranteed to know of someone who is affected. It is ignored, because a lot of society passes it off as ‘fake’ or ‘attention seeking’. While this may be true in some cases, there are definitely some cases that are all too real. The fakers are the ones jeopardizing the lives of the individuals truly affected, because this causes others to not take the real cases seriously. In Nick Anderson’s cartoon that appeared in the January 12, 2011 edition of the Houston Chronicle, this is exactly what he is depicting. From the giant, daunting steps leading to the mental health professional, to the blinking, welcoming lights of the gun shop, Anderson is criticizing the accusatory society and government by providing a visual description just how hard it may be for some to get the help they truly need.
Airport security in the post 9/11 era is designed to create the illusion of safety, without actually protecting us from terrorism. It is important to recognize, that the TSA is incredibly ineffective, at preventing prohibited items from getting past its gates. In a recent test at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, undercover federal agents successful snuck in 95 percent of explosive materials, fake weapons and drugs. While this failure rate is certainly alarmingly high it is by no way unique. In a similar, but slightly broader Homeland Security investigation, the TSA failed 67 out of 70 tests conducted by the department’s Red Team across a variety of cities. Furthermore, the layout of security at airports is incredible ineffective. According to renowned security expert, Rafi Sela, “security should happen in rings, so different teams can check each other’s work.” However, in American Airports the only place that security happens is at one checkpoint.
As a response to the 9/11 attacks, one would expect that the TSA would improve airport security. In reality, it's just security theater. Originally, the use of metal detectors and luggage x-rays in airport security checkpoints was enough. However, on December 25, 2009, an inbound international
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, airport security went through major changes and procedures. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which oversees airport security
For Americans who travels on an everyday basis, many are greatful that Airport Security is enforced to protect the safety of the people. Overall in the past 15 years airports have appreciated these regulations even though it came about as a response to a misfortunate event. Homeland Security, the top dog over Airport Security, is aware that the system is constantly evolving. Newer threats are known to be present but TSA knows the issues that have happened and secures the world trust to protect the people. Everyone that travels today expects high level procedures to ensure safe travel. Due to this severe outcome to strictly enforce security in airports, there has not been another incident since September 11,
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011 prompted the world to reevaluate and drastically modify airport and airline security. “Four targets had been chosen, all iconic American buildings that would send a clear message of the depth of their hatred for the United States. All four planes crashed, killing all on board—terrorists, crew members, and passengers, along with hundreds who were killed inside the structures, on the ground, and the men and women who ran into collapsing buildings in an effort to try and save others” (Smutz 1). As Jason Villemez said “the decade after the 9/11 attacks reshaped many facets of life in America” (Villemez 1). Before the attacks, people did not think that large
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In conclusion, many things changed since the 9-11 attack and one of them was TSA and that has really secured airport security a lot. The goal for TSA was to make airport security safer and it has successfully accomplish their goal. Even though September 11, 2001 affected us and still does we still manage to keep our airport security safer and in a higher level.
The attacks on September 11, 2001 changed the United States airport, airplane, immigration, and visa security. Before 9/11 airports were minimally supervised and people could walk their friends and family all the way up to the gate, even if they were not going onto the plane. Two months after 9/11, the United States congress passed the Aviation and Transportation security act which created the Transportation Security Administration. “The new TSA implemented procedures that included stricter guidelines on passenger and luggage screening. Only ticketed passengers could go through security, and an ever-changing array of machinery and procedures were introduced to scan for weapons and destructive items. As new threats were discovered after 9/11, new procedures were introduced, including removing shoes and banning liquids.” (Pbs.org). New security was also implemented on planes themselves. New security on planes involved fortified cockpit doors. Along with this, pilots could register to become a federal flight deck officer, which would allow them to carry a loaded gun on board. These new laws about flying safety were much needed in a time where terrorism became more prevalent. Today it would be much harder for someone to put an airport or airplane in danger because of all the safety regulations. Also, The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act required the
Since the 9/11 attacks, security has been a major thing that the U.S has tightened up on airports and international regions across the U.S. Because we don’t have the technology to help stop terrorist attacks in airplanes or other regions, security screening
On September 11, 2001, 3,000 of Americans was killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In response the United States established a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and heighten its security throughout the transportation system, which were designed to prevent similar attacks in the future. This research paper will discuss the history of the TSA and what it does, how TSA improve aviation security, and the cargo screening process. This paper will conclude an overall debrief of my discussion about the TSA and transportation security.
Airport security is necessary for the safety and efficiency of airlines today. Attacks involving airlines have been “among the deadliest in terms of human lives and economic impact,” even though relatively few attacks have occurred using airlines compared to other terrorism methods (Szyliowicz, 2011, p.2). Airport Security has been administered using a government-operated system since the Aviation and Transportation Security Act was enacted in 2001. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), now an agency of homeland security, replaced private security measures and personnel with at least 60,000 federal employees (Szyliowicz, 2011). However, privatization may be making a come-back. The following analysis will analyze
Many years ago airport security was not even an issue. People felt secure and safe and rarely worried about being searched. As time went on, the prevealance of terrorism became an increasing issue. There began more acts of terrorism by threatening and holding hostages on board commercial planes. As these acts continued, the government as well as citizens became vulnerable and an airport safety procedure was implemented as a way to ensure the safety of the United States. The implemented procedures over the years included a check and scan of all carry on and checked baggage, body scans, hire government airport employees, and a strict list of carry-on items. This made travelers feel safer as it decreased the ability of terrorist to commit