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Are current air travel security measures too strict?

 

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, security measures have been greatly heightened on airports and air travel around the world.  Some see this as a necessary measure to safeguard against terrorist attacks.  Others may see some of these measures as ineffective or too burdensome on the average air traveler.

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No, current air travel security is at a good level

Yes, current air travel security is excessive

No, current air travel security should be expanded

Privacy Issues

Current measures including as baggage screening, inspections, metal detectors, pat-downs, and backscatter x-ray scanners are a small compromise to make to ensure prohibited devices are found.

Privacy Issues

The current use of backscatter x-ray devices basically amounts to a "strip search" of every individual who consents to it's use.1

Privacy Issues

 

Processing Times

The increased processing times due to increased security are a small price to pay for the added security.

Processing Times

The increased security measures mean significantly increased processing times.

Processing Times

 

Increase in Overall Safety

There have been no significant terrorist attacks since 9/11 with the introduction of increased air travel security.

Increase in Overall Safety

The amount of people killed in terrorist attacks worldwide outside of war zones from 2001 to 2011, is about the same as the number of people who drown in bathtubs in the United States. 2 Resources would better be spent improving safety in other areas.

Increase in Overall Safety

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References

1.     ACLU Backgrounder on Body Scanners and “Virtual Strip Searches” https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/aclu-backgrounder-body-scanners-and-virtual-strip-searches

2.    John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart, Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Costs, and Benefits of Homeland Security (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), ch. 2. http://politicalscience.osu.edu/faculty/jmueller/CNApart.pdf

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