Since the attacks of September 11th on the World Trade Center buildings, the U.S has implemented a number of security measures in order to catch those who wish to board planes with bombs, guns, and other deadly weapons for the purpose of taking down the plane and causing untold destruction. Even though billions of dollars have been spent on implementing these new technological policies, the country has yet to see one case of a terrorist caught through these new procedures which many say is violating their very rights as American citizens. With the failure to intercept at least one terrorist, many are beginning to question just how effective these approaches to airport security really are.
Every incident of attempted terrorism since 9/11 has been stopped either by intelligence work or information from passengers on a flight that is already in the air. So far the security measures that have been implemented haven’t worked, and there are quite a few lawmakers who are calling for a total revamping of the current checkpoint system which scrutinizes even the pilots of the airplanes which many think is ridiculous. Experts say that the system should consist of more passenger information rather than random searches and other tactics that have ultimately proven to be useless when it comes to dodging terrorist attacks.
There are a lot of people who specialize in airport security that say that these types of pat-downs, x-rays, and searches are necessary in order to identify persons with deadly weapons somewhere in or on them, but so far these measures have yet to yield results. There have been a number of full body scanners put into airports all across the country which give a full and very revealing x-ray of the person who goes into the machine. The full body x-ray machines have come under heavy criticism for being too revealing of the person inside and ultimately unnecessary.
Since the implementation of such controversial measures, there have been multiple cases of people resisting requests from the TSA to either submit to a full body scan or an invasive pat down. Videos and audio recordings of children and the disabled being harassed and pat down in full view of everyone else in line have been released onto the web on a near weekly basis for the last couple months. Of course everyone knows about having to take your shoes off since the “shoe bomber” incident a few years ago, but since then there have been many more controversial policies adopted by airports nationwide.
Those who harshly criticize the measures that the TSA has taken call them nothing more than “Security theater”, saying that it is all just for show and none of it is meant to prevent anything. Opponents of these measures also say that they are filled with holes and do not really have any chance of stopping a determined and intelligent terrorist. It seems as though that it has been the United State’s policy to implement even more stringent security measures each year, and that has only been getting worse as of lately. Lawmakers and security experts alike are starting to disagree more and more with what has been happening in airports across the country.
Anyone who has delved into the industry of aviation is already very likely familiar with aviation safety and the critical importance of this type of training. Without taking the time to receive the proper aviation safety training, the individual will be unable to competently function in the aviation world. By focusing on aviation safety training, the aviation industry itself becomes safer and safer, allowing all manner of activities that would be impossible otherwise. Without the strong levels of aviation safety training, pilots would not be able to fly, air traffic controllers would not be able to do their jobs and the skies would be deadly battlegrounds of accidents waiting to happen. Fortunately, in the United States and elsewhere, there are strict aviation safety regulations that are required to be followed by everyone who goes up in the air in any type of aircraft. Even passengers and customers are required to learn some of these different types of aviation safety procedures in order to ensure that they are capable of at least saving themselves if the unthinkable should happen and an accident should occur.
A friend emailed me this great power point slide of Flight 1549. It is great to see that this didn’t end in tragedy. Kudos to Chesley B. Sullenberger III and the rest of the crew for keeping everyone safe an alive.
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