Airport Security Is there too much or to little? Is there need for change? These are the questions I am going to answer.

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Airport Securities

The issue of Airport Security is looked at in many different ways. Is there too much? Is there too little? Is there a need for change? Who's responsible for leaks in Airport Security? Are Airports safe? If they are not, how can we make them safe? These are the questions I am going to answer.

First I will go into the current security regulations. Air travelers are limited to one carry on bag and one personal item on all flights. All passengers need a government issued ID and boarding pass to get by security check points. Chris Woodward stated how all electronical items, such as laptops and cell phones are additionally screened along with random pat-downs. All weapons of any kind are prohibited past security checkpoints including tweezers, nail files, and disposable razors (Woodward).

Now I will go into the current changes that are being examined at our airports today.

One new idea is to change pre-boarding questions. Gary Stroller (B) explains how the current pre-boarding question "Has anyone unknown to you asked you to carry any item on this flight?" has its biases. Charlie Leblanc of Houston based Air Security International stated that the reason that the question is worded that way is because airlines don't want to slow down the boarding process. Former Federal Aviation Administration Security Director Billy Vincent sought to delete the "unknown" out of the question (Stroller B). The reason being for the change is in the past explosives in the form of luggage have been given to passengers from somebody for whom they did know. An example is in 1986 a young Irish woman by the name of Anne Murphy was given a bag to carry on an airplane from her boyfriend containing 3 pounds of plastic explosives. The point is...