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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Airport Security No Better Than in 2001

This is incredible, but a reflection of how things really are. The federal government would have you believe that airport security is better than it was before 9/11. Not so. Billions of dollars that have been spent improving security have done little to better the situation. The ability of airport screeners to detect prohibited objects today fares no better than it did in 2001. This is due to lack of proper training, equipment and technology available, management, and policy. Indeed it is a very difficult and large task. The government took over security in about 450 airports and hired more than 45,000 workers to aid in the cause in early 2002. It did not improve security significantly. In five airports it was proposed that private firms handle security to compare the results. Neither private nor public security performed up to the needed standards. As the fervor over the upping security around the country, specifically airports, turns to a more realistic tone, government agencies might be realizing that it is impossible to completely secure our airports and that we will have to learn to live with an acceptable amount of risk in our lives. But you won't hear them say that anytime soon.
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