Air Travel: It May Not Be As Enjoyable, But It Is Safer

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Air travel has come a long way in a relatively short time. Advances in technology and engineering have propelled this industry to unimaginable heights. Advances also have provided for an affordable, reliable, and safe mode of transportation. In the past decade air travel has become a target for terrorist to prove their endeavor at gaining the world’s attention and attempts to prove their points of view. The attacks of September 11, 2011 and others around the world have proven how real these issues are and America has taken up the fight in this arena. The continued credible threat of terrorist attacks against the nation’s commercial airports requires that TSA take adequate measures to ...view middle of the document...

In an interview with MSNBC White House Counterterrorism Adviser Brennan speaking on a package intersected stated the devices were "in a form that was designed to try to carry out some kind of attack," he said. "Clearly, from the initial observation, the initial analysis that was done, the material that was found ... was intended to do harm." (MSNBC, 2010) However this package was not attached to a person, it was in the form of carried on baggage or shipment material, the tips was received Saudi Arabia. Another example showing vigilance is not always towards people but vigilance encompasses a wide variety of links in a chain of possibilities regarding terrorist activities in airports. Another example was the cancellation of six international flights from the United Kingdom and France and Continental Airlines Flight 1519 from Washington to Houston, site of the Super Bowl, were grounded Sunday and Monday after security concerns were raised by the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said there was “specific and credible intelligence information suggesting that al-Qaida would attack these flights on those dates.” (MSNBC, 2004)
Transportation Security Administration
With so much in the news about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) it is difficult to think this agency is relatively the new kid on the block. Before the 9/11 attacks most, if not all, airport security was left up to private companies hired by the airport themselves under contract. This meant there was a lack of uniformity in doing business as each airport did what they thought was best for them and under their budget. The organization was charged with developing policies to protect U.S. transportation, especially in airport security and the prevention of airport hijacking. With state, local, and regional partners, the TSA oversees security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines, ports. However, the bulk of the TSA's efforts are in aviation security. The TSA is solely responsible for screening passengers and checked and carry-on baggage at 450 U.S. airports (TSA, 2011)
The TSA’s mission is to protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. While its vision is to continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, and technology. (TSA, 2011) Those two sentences may not sound very detailed but there are extensive points to its mission and vision. To protect the nation’s transportation system alone is a mammoth task when one considers the numerous and various modes of transportation, highways, railroads, ports and others. The vision also peaks at a huge and constant undertaking, when one considers people, processes and technology; three things that are ever changing and evolving, meaning that keeping up with these changes requires much work and funds.
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