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A Traveler’s Life: Airport Security Revisited

Let’s ring in the new year  with the sounds of scanners buzzing, These last few months have shown travelers that
terrorism through transportation is still ever-present, our security is ever-ready for it, and the price for this new high-tech protection might be too much for some to afford. “As a precaution, DHS has taken a number of steps to enhance security. Some of these security measures will be visible while others will not. The public may recognize specific enhancements, including heightened cargo screening and additional security at airports. Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology (AIT), canine teams and pat-downs (3b).”

The secretary’s readiness had been a long time coming. After the 2009 underwear bomb attempt on Christmas Day, she, in conjunction with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), organized a global initiative to strengthen the international aviation systems. Last June, Secretary Napolitano congratulated
the TSA and airport staff for their 100 percent watch list matching on all domestic carriers one month faster than had been projected.

Takeaway: All this “hoopla” basically boils down to the fact that your right to privacy doesn’t usurp your right to
fly. Even more, your right to privacy doesn’t trump the security of your  flight. Not all travelers are against this new system, though. A CBS News Poll found that “81 percent of Americans in all age groups, Democrats, Republicans
and Independents alike, overwhelmingly approve the use of the full-body digital X-ray machines [AIT]” (1). There will always be those who have their opinions or unique uncalled for circumstances, but when it comes to
security, it is better to be safe than sorry.


1. Cannon, S. (2010, November 15). Poll: 4 in 5 support full-body airportscanners. Retrieved from CBS News: Politics website:;contentBody
2.E. Chase-Johnston, K. (2010, December 2). Harvard students challenge TSA.Retrieved fromThe Boston Globe website :

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