What's New at Our Nation's Airports

Airport security has been a major topic of discussion ever since 9/11. Today, some people have grown tired of the inconveniences and delays due to the increased security measures. Others, are amazed at the still present security loopholes. Here are a few recent happenings at some of the nation's busiest airports.

  • Like in Tulsa, as was mentioned in one of my previous posts, Salt Lake City Airport is also implementing the full-body scanners at their security checkpoints.  This is part of an ongoing test that the TSA will be conducting to see how effective the scanners are, and how travelers respond to them.
  • In Cleveland, like in a few other airports around the country, construction has begun on a free parking lot, for people picking up arriving passengers. These so-called "cell-phone lots" are a response to the post-9/11 policy prohibiting drivers from waiting around the arrivals area. Here, drivers will be able to park and wait for the call from their friends or family stating that their flight has landed.
  • In Atlanta, a lawsuit, by a local gun group, to allow firearms on the premises of one of the busiest airports in the nation, has been defeated. I generally try to stay unbiased, but why would you need/want to bring a gun to the airport?
  • In Minneapolis, a local TV investigation has uncovered a security loophole. The investigation, by KSTP, found many airport employees going through security checkpoints unscreened. They would walk through without their bags being checked, without having to take off their shoes, etc. Why is the average airport employee trusted more than the average airline passenger?

If you have any thoughts on these topics, or know of other stories like this, feel free to post them here.

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