• 1965 vs. 2013 airport security: You decide

    Before the first airport security measures were implemented in the 1970s and long before the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, flying was an entirely different experience.

    No arrival two hours before takeoff. No metal detectors or baggage scanners. No “3-1-1” liquid rule for carry on items. Just arrive, board and take off.

    It’s difficult to imagine simply walking through an airport terminal without the security measures we’ve all become accustomed to. It was these extra security measures that assured travelers it was safe to return to the skies in late 2001, but the majority of frequent travelers scoff at the long lines, the intrusive pat-downs and the overall hassle of adding time to each trip.

    So what type of security would you prefer – the uninhibited “security” of 1965 or the complex security measures we have in place in 2013? Is the freedom of a pre-TSA process worth potentially sacrificing your safety in the air? Vote in the poll to the right and also share your feedback in the comments box below.

    Also, you can view other travelers’ opinions on FlyerTalk.

2 Responsesso far.

  1. walkiria ramirez says:

    we do need security but not to this degree traveling has become a violation of privacy and of personal space. As tax payin loyal citizens we shouldnt be treated like criminals just to go on vacation or to return from one.

  2. Bill Fisher says:

    Frequent fliers see TSA often enough to recognize that these invasive searches and security theatrics are done to create the appearance of security without providing any real benefit.

    Perhaps TSA can explain how any of this is keeping us safe when TSA screeners haven’t caught or even identified one terrorist after 11 years and over $80 billion in funding.

    Can TSA explain how pulling the dress off of a 17 year old on a church trip and exposing her breasts to her classmates and everyone at the checkpoint is protecting her?

    Or how humiliating and exposing a dying woman’s feeding tube at the checkpoint despite her request for a private screening is preventing a terrorist attack.

    Maybe TSA can explain how stealing our property is going to prevent another 9/11.

    We would like to know how having 105 TSA workers arrested in the last 24 months including 15 arrested for child sex crimes, 30 for theft, 12 for smuggling and one for murder is acceptable.

    Can TSA explain how having over a dozen screeners smuggling drugs and guns through our airports in the past 24 months is essential to airport security?

    Maybe TSA will answer why the agency hasn’t obeyed the court order to take public comment on the scanners and is now moving the dangerous x-ray units to small airports.

    No planes were hijacked between October 2001 and November 2010 without groping children, strip searching women and stealing our property. No malls have been bombed or attacks made on sports events and TSA is nowhere near those venues so they can’t be credited with protecting airports either These abusive procedures weren’t necessary then and aren’t necessary now.

    This agency has become a national disgrace and is endangering more people than it protects. It is long past time for TSA to be replaced with a sensible system staffed by reputable workers, not criminals.