The Need for Additional Security Measures in the Nation's Airports

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Introduction Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many observers observed that "things will never be the same again," and in many ways, they were right. Indeed, the American flag now flies from many homes that never sported one before, and the global war on terrorism has succeeded in bringing a number of international terrorists to justice. Not all of the changes that took place post-9-11, though, were positive and one issue in particular continues to draw criticisms from American and international observers alike and this issue is the increased air security that has been put in place. Although the level of civil liberties in the United States has always tended to wax and wane in response to perceived threats to the nation's security, Americans had historically enjoyed virtually unrestricted flights prior to September 11, 2001. The headlines are replete with complaints about the Transportation Security Administration and its draconian "pat-down" policies that some critics maintain violate fundamental Fourth Amendment rights. What most Americans do not realize, though, and what this paper intends to demonstrate, is that even with these changes in place, United States citizens enjoy a far less restrictive environment than many of their counterparts from other industrialized nations, and the measures that have been put in place are succeeding in protecting Americans from further terrorist attacks. To this end, this paper presents a review of the literature
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