Airport Security

In: Social Issues

Submitted By jeffakagoofy67
Words 1255
Pages 6
May of 2010 T.S.A. worker Rolando Negrin assults a co-worker for jokes about his penis size after a training session with a total body scanner. The T.S.A. is using total body scanners in an attempt to reveal more hidden threats. The agency and the scanners manufacturer insist that passenger embarrassments are impossible due to features installed to prevent such from happening. Most of us would agree to a brief flash of quasi-nudity if it meant a safe flight. Body scanners and pat-downs are supposed to make passengers feel safer by detecting potential threats that could bring down an airplane. More than nine years after the 9/11 attacks, it seems that airport security may have crossed the line. Grassroots groups are calling on people either not to fly or to protest by refusing to submit to those full body scans, the ones that show everything. Major airline pilot unions are urging their members to avoid body scans. They are worried about health risks associated because of repeated small doses of radiation along with intrusiveness and security officer behavior. The T.S.A. insists that the machines are safe. And you believe what the government tells you, don’t you? A quote from security guru Bruce Schneier, a plaintiff in the body scanner lawsuit, calls this “magical thinking… descend on what the terrorists did last time and we will all be safe, as if they won’t think of something else”. Which of course they do. As of November of 2010, there are 373 body scanners in 68 U.S. airports, and another 1000 scanners were in place by the end of 2011. In addition, another 5355 employees are to be hired at a cost of $219 million the first year. The T.S.A. uses two types of scanners, one zaps the passenger with a tiny amount of x-rays which stop at the skin, the…...

Similar Documents

Denver Airport

...com/community/masterplan/faqs.asp What is an Airport Master Plan? As defined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an airport master plan is a comprehensive study of an airport and usually describes the short-, medium-, and long-term development plans to meet future aviation demand. Airport master plans serve as facility development guides for a long-range planning horizon (usually 20 to 25 years), and summarize an airport’s strategy for the development of the airport. The goal of a master plan is to provide the framework needed to guide future airport development that will cost-effectively satisfy aviation demand, while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Master Plans also provide the airport with the tools to react to uncertainties by examining key trends in the aviation industry, such as changing airline business models, improvements in technology, and local/regional economics that could affect airport activity. Master plans vary in the level of detail and complexity depending on the size, function, issues and challenges of the airports under study. FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B Airport Master Plans provides guidance for the preparation of airport master plans. Read the FAA Advisory Circular (Adobe PDF) Specific objectives of the Master Plan Update put forth by Denver International Airport (DIA) include the following: Maintain and ensure the safety and security of the Airport ......

Words: 3264 - Pages: 14

Airport Security

...Airport Security Abstract Through the history of aviation the significance of airport security has progressively increased. Since the catastrophic terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, many changes have taken place at airports to prevent such an attack from occurring again. The purpose of this paper is to: outline airport security procedures, discuss the different technologies involved with airport security, as well as examine the components of airport security. In addition I will also discuss the Transportation Security Administration’s role in our nation’s airport security.     Airport Security    Airport Security is an essential of life both in America and throughout the world. Without airport security our airports would not be able to function and terrorist attacks like those of September 11th, 2001, would be more common. Passengers would be afraid to fly in fear of such a terrorist attack happening again. The airline industry would lose more revenue from lost ticket sales. Then the airports themselves would lose money from the lack of passengers boarding through their gates. Finally this lack of security would trickle down to the entire economy not only in the communities surrounding the airport and aviation industry, but to the nation’s economy as well. To keep this economic failure associated with another terrorist attack from happening, our nation must take the appropriate measures to prevent it.      “Airport security procedures are designed to deter...

Words: 2747 - Pages: 11

Airport Security

...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 vicious acts of violence. Over the years, airport security has become more stringent and traveling now has become a huge inconvenience as well as a violation to the people’s civil rights. As a result of the 9/11 attack of the World Trade Center Buildings North and South, securities has rapidly increased procedures due to the many attempts of attacks made by terrorist. On December 22, 2001 a terrorist named Richard Reid hid an explosive in his shoe trying to detonate it, but fortunately he did not succeed (Elliott). After the incident, passengers were forced to walk through security after taking off their shoes/sneakers. On December 25, 2009 another terrorist named Umar Abdul Mutallab attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his......

Words: 325 - Pages: 2

Airport Security Improvements Before and After the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack

...Running head: Airport Security Airport Security Improvements Before and After the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack Andrew Fuller South Carolina State University Abstract The purpose of this study is to research improvements that have been made since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and study airport security before September 11. According to ABC News 4 much has changed in our country over the last seven years including airport security. Air travel has been greatly affected by 9/11. Security measures have caused an increase in passengers to face many more steps before boarding flights. In November 2001 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was formed to secure airports both inside and out. Statement of the Problem or Objective Since the September 11 attacks security as a whole has undergone drastic changes in America. All aspects have been upgraded and reevaluated to take all the necessary precautions to either prevent another event as such or to be better prepared if it were to happen again. In the past airport security was pretty basic. You arrived at the airport got checked in and left. Now you have to carry everything in little bottles and take your shoes off and other accessories to pass through the metal detectors. According to Security Solutions the most improvements have been made on airplanes. Cockpits are bullet proof and pilots and their crews are secured from the rest......

Words: 1195 - Pages: 5

Airport Security

...Running Head: AIRPORT SECURITY Airport security Airport security Аіrport sеcurіty іs а fаctor thаt іs usеd to protеct us from hіjаckіngs, bombіngs, аnd аnythіng thаt wіll hаrm pеoplе flyіng through thе frіеndly skіеs. Sіncе thе bombіng of Sеptеmbеr 11, аіrport sеcurіty hаs bееn аbout tеn tіmеs tіghtеr thаn usuаl, bеcаusе thеy fаіlеd іn lеttіng thе tеrrorіsts gеt on thе plаnе wіth thеіr knіvеs. (Pаttеrson, Gаmmе, 2008) Thіs trаgеdy hаs forcеd thе country to іts brіm to fіgurе out how wе cаn tіghtеn sеcurіty аt аіrports, how wе cаn аfford іt, аnd how аіrlіnеs аnd аіrports аrе goіng to survіvе. Еvеn yеаrs bеforе thе аttаcks wе hаvе bееn tryіng to sеcurе our аіrports. Іn 1996, Prеsіdеnt Clіnton sіgnеd thе FАА Rеаuthorіzаtіon Аct of 1996. Thе bіll gаvе $19 bіllіon to thе FАА to bе іnvеstеd іn sеcurіty. Thіs movе wаs motіvаtеd by thе crаsh of TWА Flіght 800. Bіll Clіnton stаtеd "Іt wіll cаrry forwаrd our fіght аgаіnst tеrrorіsm"?. Thіs shows thаt wе hаvе bееn hаvіng somе problеms wіth our sеcurіty wаy bеforе Sеptеmbеr 11th, for Clіnton sаw somеthіng thаt nееdеd fіxіng. (Pаttеrson, Gаmmе, 2008) Thеrе аrе mаny gеnеrаl іssuеs wіth sеcurіty аt our аіrports bеforе thе аttаcks. For stаrtеrs, wе only focus on thе pаssеngеrs of thе flіghts, аnd not othеr аuthorіtіеs іn thе аіrport thаt hаvе аccеss to thе plаnеs. Аn аrtіclе іn thе Dаіly Polіcy Dіgеst sаys "Іt concеntrаtеs on pаssеngеrs аnd іgnorеs thе thousаnds of cаtеrеrs, clеаnеrs, rеfuеlеrs аnd othеrs wіth......

Words: 3675 - Pages: 15

Securing the Skies: the Progress in Security Operation Administration of Airports in Developing Countries Post 9/11 Scenario

...The Progress in Security Operation Administration Of Airports in Developing Countries Post 9/11 Scenario Table of Contents Abstract3 Security Operation Administration4 Literature Review5 Objective 10 Methodology10 Research Design11 Conclusion 12 Bibliography 13 Abstract Do people believe that there is sufficient and enough airport security system in Pakistan. And do there is a substantial threat to the airport security in Pakistan. These two issues were discussed and evaluated in this essay. After 9/11, the concept of security has changed thoroughly. Before that security at airports was mere a case of going through a scanner and a casual check up. But after 9/11 developed countries remodel their security plans. With the passage of time, developing countries also started to rethink about their security plans. Methodology was questionnaires to public and interviews with the aviation security authorities. In this way the overall perception about the security of airports was analyzed. Also past historical events were analyzed to find out the possibility of any terrorist activity on Pakistani airports. For this purpose secondary data about threats of terrorism and their actual conduct on different places were analyzed. Then various threats to airport security were analyzed. Also primary data was collected through questionnaire to find out the people perception about their security on airports. The......

Words: 3356 - Pages: 14

Airport Management

...managing the Branson Airport? Jeff Bourk needs to face the following challenges: • Organizing - All the airport related things: negotiating, etc. • Leading - Cooperation with staff members. • Planning - Jeff Bourk wants to have around 250 000 passangers a day, but he is facing problems because of Branson City doesn't want to pay $8.24 per passenger. • Controlling - Monitoring, checking budgets, etc. Mr Bourk's biggest job is setting the strategy and mission of the airport. 2. Again, using the four functions as your guide, do you think the managerial challenges Jeff Bourk faced when getting the airport up and running are different from what he faces now in actually overseeing the airport’s operation? Explain. Jeff Bourk will have to face pretty much the same challenges as before: organizing employees to build the airport, running the day to day operations like scheduling employees, maintaining security, dealing with HR issues. Leading will become more important as motivation of airport employees needs to be sustained. 3. What management roles would Jeff Bourk be playing as he (a) negotiates new contracts with potential airlines, (b) works with the airport employees in providing a high level of customer service to arriving and departing passengers, and (c) resolves the contractual issues with the city of Branson? Be specific and explain your choices. a. negotiate new contracts with potential airlines Decisional role b. works with the airport employees in......

Words: 347 - Pages: 2

Airport

...12, 2013 My Frustrating Airport Experience March 2005, I been working in Afghanistan for over six months and my first vacation was about to start and I decided to visit my family in Spain, it has been over five years since I have last see them and I was excited. Took me seven days to get to Spain because I have few bumps on the road and it became a frustrating experience but at the end I was glad to spend time with them and enjoy Spain. March 22, 2005, a group of seven guys and myself flew out of Afghanistan to US Air Force Military Base located in Uzbekistan in C130 military plane. Once we got there, they told us that flight was cancelled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan because it was snowing and it was no flights until the next day. Next day, we report to the terminal to see if we can flight out, and we did but the plane was a small, smelly old jet and the jet and bought before the cold war. I was so scared to get be in plane, but it was no other way to get out of there. Once we arrive to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, our fight was reschedule until the next day because the flight prior was cancelled and it was only one flight per day. The company took us a hotel that was five stars, I was giving my own suite due to be the only female and room service was free. The guys decided to go to the club that was located in the basement at the hotel but I decided to stay in and enjoy my room service and relax. The next morning, we went to international airport to get the flight to......

Words: 668 - Pages: 3

Airport Security

... Airport Security Name: Institution: Airport Security Introduction Since time immemorial, air travel has been deemed to be the safest mode of transport. Millions of people have safely travelled by air, reaching their destinations safely. Despite this fact, the aviation industry is faced with many security concerns. Since the infamous September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the United States, there have been concerns that there are loopholes in aviation security. Terrorist activities target airports and civil aviation equipment due to their high values. For instance, in 1985, there was a massacre in Vienna and Rome that was carried out by terrorists in an airport. In addition, there have been reports of aircraft hijacking for a long time in history. These concerns have made the public to feel insecure in air travel. Currently, many countries are overhauling their security systems in airports, so as to counter any security threats. This is an important step towards ensuring that our airports remain secure and regain public trust (Blalock, Kadiyali, & Simon, 2007). Importance of Airport Security Over time, the number of passengers travelling by air has been on the increase. Most of the airports record thousands of passengers every single day. Similarly, there has been expansion of airports and the number of aircrafts, necessitated by the increase in the number of passengers. These passengers need to be safe from any terrorist attack or any hazard that may come up in the......

Words: 1479 - Pages: 6

Airport Security

...Airport Security 1. The text, Spread Your Legs and Smile, is about a frequent flier who has been working for the United Nations for the past 20 years. This flier has experienced the dramatic changes of security checks. Since 9/11 the airport security has become so strict with the routine of taking off ones shoes, putting them though the screening device and then lacing them up again. Not to mention the added insult of frisking and the bleeping wand that is shoved into one’s private places. If you do not do this with a smile on your face or if you complain, expect the worst. Today, the increase of airport security has resulted in a larger number of secondary screenings as well as a screening of a more diverse selection of travellers in order to apprehend terrorist. In one instance, a mother, who was feeding her baby breast milk in a bottle, had to drink it to prove it was not a lethal toxin. Even a handicapped boy who needed to fly with an oxygen tank had to justify to security that it was not a deadly poison gas he was breathing. 2. In the text, Spread Your Legs and Smile, the attitude toward U.S airport security is very negative. Many believe airport security has become too extreme. The author of this article, Shashi Tharoor, feels that security has gone from pleasant experience to an embarrassing nightmare involving the exposure of intimate items. Tharoor raises the question: could the proliferated pilferage among the frequent-flier circuit be linked to the......

Words: 809 - Pages: 4

Effectiveness of the Aircraft Movement Areas Security Screening Procedures of the Airport Police Department at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

...when a bomb was placed and exploded in a Quebec Airways flight in Canada. Since that first recorded aviation security breach, security experts had been trying to be one step ahead of the terror groups in hardening aircraft and airport targets against all forms of terrorist attacks. However, on July 22, 1968, three gunmen from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), hijacked a passenger airliner of the Israeli airline El Al, on a flight from Rome to Tel-Aviv, and demanded the release of their comrades-in-arms who were imprisoned in Israel. While this may not be the first case of civilian aircraft seizure during that year, this operation was qualitatively different in its content and ultimate aim. It was the first time that an aircraft had been hijacked not out of criminal motivation or for personal reasons, but with the specific goal of politically pressuring an opponent and using the incident as a propaganda message to bring a political cause to the world’s notice. Since the first recorded aviation security breach, security experts had been trying hard to harden aircraft and airport targets against all forms of terrorists acts. However, it took the World Trade Center terror act to make nation-states re-assess the threat situation against aviation security. Past incidents of attacks by disgruntled groups as well as by organized terror groups against airports and the rest of the airline industry has proven that Philippine civil aviation is not immune to......

Words: 17180 - Pages: 69

Security Management in Noi Bai Airport

...I. Overview of Air Cargo Security Management 1. General Air Cargo Security Situation Today, aviation is one of the world’s most important business. The growth of the industry over the past decades has made it one of the biggest contributor to the expansion of global economy. Therefore, an emphasis on airline security is undoubtedly important. Logistics security is not only contingent on safe passage and avoidance of hazards, but also assurance that goods have not been tampered with and kept secure. There are several security threats such as Terrorism, Organised Crime and Cargo Theft, Hijacking and Piracy, Drug/human smuggling, Illegal weapons, Counterfeit goods, Illegal exports of licensed materials/technology For instance, transnational criminal organizations use the aviation system to transport contraband and, increasingly, people across the globe. Cocaine smugglers have used the FedEx air delivery system to transport their products across the United States, and narcotics smugglers from Guyana have used U.S Mail pouches to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States through JFK. Hijackings were the most popular tactic for many individuals. Between 1967 and 2004 there were nearly 1000 airline hijackings. It is estimated that approximately 85 percent were carried out for political purposes. The rest were conducted by terrorists. The international civil aviation regime began to respond to the menace, deploying the so-called X-ray machines, for......

Words: 1339 - Pages: 6

Airport Secuirty

...Airport Security Design Introduction The world and the United States stood still on 11 September 2001 as terrorist attacked the United States using four jetliners. Over the course of the next thirteen months, the President of the United States along with the U.S. Congress passed a series of bills that would change the structure of the U.S. government. On 20 September 2001, President George W. Bush announces to congress the formation of the Office Homeland Security. In a speech to congress, President Bush states, “Our nation has been put on notice:  We are not immune from attack.  We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans.  Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security, which includes airport security (Bush, 2001).   Of these government agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides the federal guidelines, which all airports must adhere to for security. The FAA and TSA provide these guidelines through the Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design, and Construction, and TSA civil aviation rules, CFR 49-1542. It is up to airport operators to follow these guidelines to insure passenger and employee safety. Security Force Many airports across the United States use local law enforcement to aid in the security of their airports. However, several airports......

Words: 3562 - Pages: 15

Airport Security

...Abstract This paper discusses Airport security throughout the world and in the U.S. The lack of security in the airports in the U.S. compared to other countries even after 9/11. The resources not being used for security and training; the different security sections that should be made developed for more thorough security checks before any passenger even steps foot onto the airplane. The airport should run their security like it was a military base where everything out of the ordinary is scrutinized with undercover security personnel asking suspicious passengers questions. Airport Security How many times have you, your family member or friend gone through security in a U.S. Airport? Is a metal detector really going to stop a terrorist from hi-jacking a plane? I have been to different Airports in the U.S. and to Hartsfield International Airport too many times. I have noticed one thing in all of these airports in the U.S., lack of security and the business like approach to it. After we all pass through the metal detectors, what other security measures are there, from preventing a person to get on a plane with bad intentions either smuggling something or passing through the metal detectors which, they don’t catch a terrorist with bad intentions. After the initial security metal detector check point, we are all free and on are way to the airplane. If the security guards at the metal detector check point, don’t catch the person with bad intentions the first time, who will?......

Words: 1612 - Pages: 7

Airport Operations

...Introduction Queen Mathilah intention (Vision) of raising the Putnam international airport’s quality of services and customer service can be envisaged as the first step in the right direction. From the historical data and surveys gathered it is evident that the airport is missing the targets set by industrial benchmarking of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and passenger survey results further fortify the above issue. The good thing is that Putnam airport authorities have access to objective numerical data on performance, benchmarked against industry averages, so in other words it means what can be measured can be improved as we can gather the insight on where we stand and where we want to reach. In the capacity of director of operations, operational efficiency improvement and raising the customer satisfaction index (CSI) would have been my primary and most important KPI. For some reason the direction from Director General comes as an expected call, the challenges around the Putnam airport seems to be systemic in nature. Following the deming cycle of Plan Do Check Act, the following steps would be taken to improve the overall efficiency of the airport. In the planning phase, the attention will be focused on forming teams with clear accountability, regular updates plan and agreed plan of action. The tasks will be distributed as per the skill, capability and interest of the management staff, this also keeps them motivated towards achieving the desired goals. Some......

Words: 1493 - Pages: 6