The Impact Of Technology In Airport Security

1515 WordsOct 15, 20177 Pages
Sixteen years and billions of dollars invested in the growth of aviation security after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, threats to airport security continuously progress as the United States’ aviation security encounters numerous changes. Since the September 11th attacks, the Transportation Security Administration, also known as the TSA, initiated their plan to ensure the safety of nearly 2 million air passengers at approximately 440 airports nationwide. (Carraway) Although the TSA implemented new training procedures, the aviation screeners fail to apply their skills effective during searches and checkpoints. In the general public, many claim that technological screening procedures will be more effective…show more content…
It is not logical to invest a significant amount of federal funds into airline security employment if there is a large discrepancy between their current performances and expected results. However, technology utilizes a significantly less amount of funding, but continues to perform its tasks. “The Trump administration plans to eliminate three airport security programs that were implemented after the 9/11 terrorist attack: Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response program that conduct random sweeps through airports and other modes of transportation, Behavior Detection Officer program that identifies potentially high risk individuals exhibiting behavior indicative of excessiveness then re-routes them for additional screening, and the grant program to support local police at airports, specifically, likely target cities.” (Halsey) These plans indicate that the Trump administration believes that the termination of these programs will increase the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, but does not reduce the number of TSA officers at checkpoints. There is also more funding for the government to invest in other areas to improve the security for the general public. There is also a current decline in airport staffing. In this report, the “TSA admits that TSO staffing levels fell from 47,147 full-time employees to 42,525 between 2013 and 2016; concurrent passenger volume rose 15 percent in this period, while the TSA only hired 373 workers to
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