The Mission

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Airport security is a factor that is used to protect us from hijackings, bombings, and anything that will harm people flying through the friendly skies. Since the bombing of September 11, airport security has been about ten times tighter than usual, because they failed in letting the terrorists get on the plane with their knives. This tragedy has forced the country to its brim to figure out how we can tighten security at airports, how we can afford it, and how airlines and airports are going to survive.

Even years before the attacks we have been trying to secure our airports. In 1996, President Clinton signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 1996. The bill gave $19 billion to the FAA to be invested in security. This move was motivated by the crash of TWA Flight 800. Bill Clinton stated "It will carry forward our fight against terrorism" ( This shows that we have been having some problems with our security way before September 11th, for Clinton saw something that needed fixing.

There are many general issues with security at our airports before the attacks. For starters, we only focus on the passengers of the flights, and not other authorities in the airport that have access to the planes. An article in the Daily Policy Digest says "It concentrates on passengers and ignores the thousands of caterers, cleaners, refuelers and others with access to airports and jets who lack mandatory background checks or ID cards" ( Anybody working in the airport should get by security with the same, if not more difficulty than the passengers, for they have even more access to the planes and luggage than the passengers themselves.

Our nation is working on more searches and higher serveillance in our airports. In an effort to increase the security at...