Many years ago airport security was not even an issue. People felt secure and safe and rarely worried about being searched. As time went on, the prevealance of terrorism became an increasing issue. There began more acts of terrorism by threatening and holding hostages on board commercial planes. As these acts continued, the government as well as citizens became vulnerable and an airport safety procedure was implemented as a way to ensure the safety of the United States. The implemented procedures over the years included a check and scan of all carry on and checked baggage, body scans, hire government airport employees, and a strict list of carry-on items. This made travelers feel safer as it decreased the ability of terrorist to commit vicious acts of violence. Over the years, airport security has become more stringent and traveling now has become a huge inconvenience as well as a violation to the people’s civil rights.
As a result of the 9/11 attack of the World Trade Center Buildings North and South, securities has rapidly increased procedures due to the many attempts of attacks made by terrorist. On December 22, 2001 a terrorist named Richard Reid hid an explosive in his shoe trying to detonate it, but fortunately he did not succeed (Elliott). After the incident, passengers were forced to walk through security after taking off their shoes/sneakers. On December 25, 2009 another terrorist named Umar Abdul Mutallab attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear, which then lead to people having to start carrying liquids in small container and concealed inside a plastic bag (Ryan).
Many have accused the government of going too far with airport security, and others including myself would easily be able to find multiple stories of falsely accused terrorists. For instance, consider the false accusation against Nick George. On August 29, 2009 Nick was going through security in the Philadelphia airport on his way back to college. One of the security men noticed 10 out of 200 Arabic words on the flashcards such as; “bomb”, “terrorist”, and “explosion” they instantly questioned him (Maserve). He was handcuffed and violently interrogated. Nick repeatedly told the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that he has been trying to read more of the Arabic news media. The words on the flashcards were just words that came up the most (Maserve). Nick George was held for more then four hours and almost handcuffed for half of it.
There is even a no fly list where Americans are unable to fly on an airplane without even being notified or know why they are on this list. It is evident that there are errors being made when identifying terrorists. According to the government, their definition of a person on a no fly list, “is a person who may be a risk to civil aviation”, but this could include those who have done nothing illegal, due to its flawed system (ACLU). If the government has a probable reason of a crime these people have committed then wouldn’t they have been arrested? But the victims that are falsely accused on this list are not charged with any crime or arrested. Therefore, the government does not have any evidence to believe they are criminals or even terrorists.
This list does not have enough personal information, such as, the individual’s birth date, height, or even facial features. The government needs to do a much better job at creating these watch lists. Senator Edward Kennedy has once been a victim him self, due to the fact there is a T. Kennedy on the list (Walsh). There are multiple people with the abbreviation T. Kennedy. Fortunately Senator Edward Kennedy was able to get himself off the list after multiple calls to the TSA; this shows that even the average American can be listed. How do they get treated fairly without their rights being abused? However, now in April of 2004, Congress passed a new law that orders the TSA to make an appeal system...
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