By now, we are all familiar with the hassle that we all have to deal with at the airport. Pat-downs, screenings, shoe-checks, it’s all become a routine part of the experience. With this, however, a fundamental question is raised: are these measures worth the hassle? Are we safer now than before?
On one hand, some members of Congress believe the new security measures to be “ineffective”, and are voicing their concerns with more fervor. Congressman John L. Mica said in a recent interview that the whole program needs dramatic change. One such concern is about the high rate of false alarms, requiring a pat-down, and further inconveniencing travelers. On the other hand, major cases are being reported where the increased security measures have prevented potential attacks, and some proponents of the increased security measures are raising their voices as well. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger praised the TSA for their “professionalism” and “courtesy” during his experience at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
The long term effect of the increased security measures by the TSA remains to be seen. The question still remains, however: How can we effectively reduce the threat of attacks on Americans, while still maintaining our privacy?