Government Control Improves Airport Security
In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government has directed its focus towards national security by improving airport security nationwide by taking control and voting to improve airport security nationwide. Pre-September 11, airport security was the responsibility of either the individual airports that hired out security services to inconsistent, non-conforming, private companies, or airlines who's employees were in charge of checking in passengers, loading baggage, ordering fuel, checking weather, and coordinating all other aspect of the flight while providing customer service. These overworked, and under trained employees also worked to screen and board passengers. That system has now been abandoned and in its place the federal government has administered an progressively impenetrable and completely stanch system administered by the federal government. With the help of the federal government's efficiency, and budget, airport security is now organized and controlled under one umbrella, The Transportation Security Administration.
This new agency handles all security at all airports nationwide. "Today, the administration of US President George W. Bush is trying to minimize the effects of a potential terrorist incident by improving homeland defenses and consequence management, spending US$35 billion on homeland defense programs." (Wirtz 75). The shift from private to federal control of airport security has led to improvements in three significant areas of airport security--employee training, technology, and standardized procedures. The transfer of airport security from the privatized system to the government-controlled system has been a positive move that will be safe and effective.
In November 2001, President Bush signed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) which created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the new federal government agency in charge of airport security. TSA has been effective in standardizing airport security in numerous ways. With the TSA in charge, security is enhanced...