The issue of Airport Security is looked at in many different ways. Is there too much? Is there too little? Is there a need for change? Who?s responsible for leaks in Airport Security? Are Airports safe? If they are not, how can we make them safe? These are the questions I am going to answer.
First I will go into the current security regulations. Air travelers are limited to one carry on bag and one personal item on all flights. All passengers need a government issued ID and boarding pass to get by security check points. Chris Woodward stated how all electronical items, such as laptops and cell phones are additionally screened along with random pat-downs. All weapons of any kind are prohibited past security checkpoints including tweezers, nail files, and disposable razors (Woodward).
Now I will go into the current changes that are being examined at our airports today. One new idea is to change pre-boarding questions. Gary Stroller (B) explains how the current pre-boarding question ?Has anyone unknown to you asked you to carry any item on this flight?? has its biases. Charlie Leblanc of Houston based Air Security International stated that the reason that the question is worded that way is because airlines don?t want to slo
There are mixed emotions about this, some people think it will speed up the screening process and increase the amount of overhead space (Woodward). Another innovation is the use of the internet to watch the cockpit from the ground. Anytime the aircraft is on the ground airlines are losing money which will transfer into increased airfare (Bayles). Another instance a team managed to get by a passenger x-ray having on them a gun sealed under their belt buckle and an automatic Mac2 machine gun on their back. New changes need to be made and they are for the positive. The public wants some input on this subject and the government and departments of transportation are shutting them out. Having only one carry on bag would be an inconvenience that some are not ready to deal with. An example is in 1986 a young Irish woman by the name of Anne Murphy was given a bag to carry on an airplane from her boyfriend containing 3 pounds of plastic explosives. The FAA is also doing background checks on anybody that has access to the tarmac like runway employees, baggage employees, etc. These security questions are mandatory and should be followed as so. Blake Morrison (A) explains that the 1 vulnerability at airports today is the level of training and turnovers of screeners. Pilots will then be permitted to carry a weapon on board. If not, the confidence of the screeners will never be met by the public.