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Why more airport security doesn't stop terrorist attacks

Washington – Just as with previous terror attacks, the failed Christmas Day bombing is already changing air travel security, from more pat downs – Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab hid explosives in his underpants – to in-flight restrictions on laptops.

The changes follow a post-9/11 pattern of introducing new screening methods in response to new kinds of attack – scanning shoes after the 2001 shoe bomber attack and insisting on 3 oz. plastic bottles after a foiled 2006 plot to blow up British airlines. But aviation experts say there are limits to throwing hardware at the problem, even if high-tech fixes could be developed quickly.


Asked by Mrs.Owen86 at 12:29 AM on Dec. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I still say profiling and yes the dogs as well. But this PC crap is going to kill us all.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:37 AM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 12:30 AM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • I think the best tool out there for finding explosives is a dog. Just sniff and go. If the dog hits on a person, then go to the next level of screening. Dogs don't care if you are male or female. The dog won't get all perjiggity when watching the full body scanner. The dog just sniffs for a chemical sent. If there isn't one, the dog is no longer interested. Dogs have beaten the drug trafficers' attempt to smuggle in all kinds of substances in an attempt to hide the scent of the drug. Just get the dogs at the security check.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:35 AM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • I agree with the previous posters.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:47 AM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Amen to the PC crap, carpy.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 11:57 AM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • The war in Afghanistan is doing nothing but recruiting more terrorists. Bring the militray HOMe and shore up our birders here and maybe have THEM screening instead of some loser making 7 bucks an hour who can't seem to stay awake on teh job


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:13 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Actually they make more than I thought they did.....making it LESS of an excuse to be so lackadaisical and full of attitude!

    If you click on the AIrport Security careers link, you'll see that low-level screeners earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year plus benefits.

    I also read that in Germany, screeners earn $30,000+ per year which is fairly consistent with the other European countries and about 2 1/2 times the median minimum wage!



    Answer by LoriKeet at 1:23 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • What do they make in Nigeria where they failed to detect an expolsive pair of underpants

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:48 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Good one sweet-a-kins!

    I think they should have the dogs sniffing all over too. When you first enter the airport. Not just one dog but many.

    Sadly the new security in place might help deter.......but terrorists will find more ways to be idiots to carry out their plans.

    So much for flying the friendly skies. The jerks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • I agree with placing the dogs in the airports. No matter what technology we come up with, the terrorists will find a way to go around it, and continue to try to blow us all up. It makes so much sense to use bomb-sniffing dogs, not to mention they probably don't cost as much as the new-fangled hi-tech whatchmacallums that screen us with who-knows-how-much-radiation, and do who-knows-what to our insides and outsides. Also, they are not dependent on an energy source, so if the lights go out, they can still work.

    Answer by 29again at 6:21 PM on Dec. 31, 2009