It’s undeniable that the September 11th events changed the face of security protocols in US and across the globe. Gone are the days when Americans citizens would be free to enter airports without thorough security scrutiny, some even downright irritating, the founding cause being the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As a matter of fact, terrorism has grown to be a threatening phenomenal since that time. Prior to September 11, 2001 attack,s most Americans were oblivious to the fact that terrorist could attack them.
Once the attack on the Pentagon and Trade Towers transpires, everyone realized that the country’s security system needed refinement. Years that followed September attack remodeled multiple facets of American life. While some changes may have been temporary probably as an immediate response, others have proved long-lasting transformations in American history.
Right after the attack, a security manifesto was documented to ensure that terrorists will never be able to command an airliner as the nineteen hijackers did on that day. Even before Congress could respond, new laws were enacted that November on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Subsequently, a new face was modeled, airports and airlines were in a hurry making the most of the laws, fixing, hardening and updating security protocols right from the airport to the airlines. Of course, there have been numerous terrorist attempts over time on other airplanes, railway system and the failed 2009 terrorist bomber who attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines with explosive Laden’s briefs. TSA ineffectiveness and its embracing failure over time have also been noted. Yet as of this writing there haven’t been any successful terrorist attacks on Americans airline since the September/11th attack.
As the new regulations came into place, the goals were established in short and long-term periods. Among the number of policies, one has been to completely seal off the cockpit. Since September/ 11 pilots stay locked behind impregnable doors for the duration of the flights. In addition, pilots work in hand with Federal Flight Deck office that permits them to convey guns during the period of the flight after proper training. Flight attendants are trained to protect the cockpits during intervals such as rest breaks.
The other step involved affixing the air marshal workforce that had dwindled to a minimal number of guards over that period. This has been effective in part; by 2003 the number had increased to around 5000 from the previous 100 both in airports and airlines.
Employee criminal background check has been an ongoing activity since September/11. Screening efforts have been intensified to combine updated technology with general manual procedures such as hand inspection. Further, there are multiple passengers prescreening compounded with cross-checking with FBI especially for suspicious passengers.
From September/11, passengers have been obligated to undergo thorough searching. Hand searches are common plus intensified pats combined with the walkthrough detectors. Unlike before all incoming vehicles are searched for bombs upon entry into the airport. In the airlines, passengers are required to only carry one on the bag and a purse or a briefcase.
At checkpoints, passengers are obligated to have national ID with photos, plus proper documentation relating to the airline reservation, which are also checked at numerous points throughout the airport. 11th September 2001 attack was a wakeup call for the airline security. Security measures have been under major reconstructions since the attack. It’s more than a decade and airline security is still strict if not stricter. Nonetheless, terrorist adapt and shift their tactics. The attacks on airports in Istanbul and Brussels plus the Russian airline over Egypt in 2015 is just a reminder of the same.