Intro to private security 16 Nov. 2010
Changes in airport security since 2001
We all know what happened on 9-11-2001. Our Country was changed forever. Air travel as we knew it would never be the same. There have been many drastic changes in airport security since 9-11. The newest and most controversially is the full body scanner. These x-ray machines strip a person down to their birthday suit. Also required are lockable cockpit doors and inspection of all bags. There are air marshals on many flights, but not as many as people think. Then there are the screeners themselves. You know the ones I’m talking about; the ones who watch you strip down and go through detectors. Airport screeners are now federal employees. We also are waiting in longer security lines to check in. We have to remove more and more clothing to get into the departure area. Many travelers get pulled aside for full body searches. I think this is a violation of the fourth amendment as an illegal search. But if we want to board a plane in today’s world we have to do a lot more than we did 10 years ago. Airports have had trouble balancing security with passenger convenience.
There are 40 active full body scanners at 19 different airports. By the end of the year officials would like 500 in place. The full body scanners cost tax payers more than $1 billion dollars, and not only produce detailed pictures of your privates, but when these images are inverted some can show your naked body in living color. Airport screeners will have access to these pictures. We Americans have been misled about the blurring of faces and private areas in these full body scanners. When it comes right down to it, your sexual organs and everyone else’s will be on full display for officials sitting alone in back rooms. Screeners will have access to these high definition images. The USA TODAY reported...