Thedecade later, following the 9/11 attacks have seen changes innumerous facets of life in the United States. Some were short-termchanges out of safety concerns, while others were long lastingtransformations. Of obvious and immediate changes following theattacks were the United States airport. It saw the creation of theAviation and Transportation Security Act, which has continued todirect security in every airport (Kraft & Furlong, 2004). The acthas also seen the outsourcing of security services to othercompanies. The elaborate and sophisticated security systems seem tobe working well.
Basedon the airport security changes, the new act oversaw theimplementation of procedures, which included more elaborate andstricter rules on luggage and passengers screening. The introducedmachines appear to work well on scanning of weaponry and destructiveitems (Kraft & Furlong, 2004). Pilots also fixed the airplaneswith fortified cockpit doors and application of federal flight deckofficers. This worked well since they were then allowed to carryloaded guns.
Thenew procedures are justifiable. This is because considering other newthreats to security were identified and discovered after the 9/11attacks, the introduction of new procedures to cub security likethose mentioned above were justifiable. Procedures like banning ofliquids and removing shoes were necessary (Kraft & Furlong,2004). Additionally, security costs had escalated at the time andanother procedure was to tack passenger tickets with a “September11 fee”. The procedure ensured rise in the air carrier fee. Inconclusion, emphasis on airport security is not excessive compared toother transportation security. This is because security concerns arealways targeted on the airports unlike other forms of transportation,according to Kraft & Furlong (2004). International threats aremore likely to emanate from air transport than on othertransportation forms.
Kraft,M. E., & Furlong, S. R. (2004). Publicpolicy: Politics, analysis, and alternatives.Washington, D.C: CQ Press.