There were many problems that needed to be fixed in the airline security department before 9/11. People were able to get dangerous weapons past the security machines and onboard the plane because our airline security was not as tight as it is now. Our airports did not have machines that uncovered explosives hidden in our baggage or even our clothing before and criminals took advantage of that. For example, Richard Reid had attempted to bring explosives onto a plane in his shoes. Fortunately, he was caught before he could board the plane. Our airport security systems had to change in order to prevent any harmful weapons or explosives from getting onto the planes. After the events of 9/11 and many attempts of explosives and weapons trying to be brought onto the plane, Congress finally took action to make planes more safe and secure. In fact, “shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created the Transportation Security Administration and mandated that federal employees be in charge of airport security screening.” (Kaplan 1). The government spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advancing the security machines at the airport. Passengers’ baggage is now x-rayed and then they pass through the explosive detection system. Congress made big changes to the security procedures at the airport to ensure safety for all of the passengers. I personally think that the changes Congress made are great and we really needed them. Many people have attempted to get explosives onto the plane but are unable to now because of our more advanced airline security. Some passengers are constantly complaining about the time it takes to past security but I think that if it keeps us safe, they should just forget about the long lines and remember that it is for their own safety. Airport officers should continue what they are doing because what they are doing is what keeps our country safe.
Cited: Kaplan, Eben. Targets for Terrorists: Post-9/11 Aviation Security. CRF, September 7, 2006. Web. September 18, 2011