Air Travel Becoming Less Desirable

Air travel has become an unpleasant experience for millions of Americans because of increasing expenses, inconvenience, hours spent in airports and the stress of missing connections. Even though the Transportation Security Administration requires billions of dollars of investment and tries to facilitate the security process, the agency is making air travel less desirable by invading passenger privacy, causing delays through huge airport security lines and making air travel even riskier. As the TSA is being extremely cautious, Zintro experts share their thoughts on the U.S. approach to airport security and government spending on the TSA.

According to David C. Hook, an expert in airport security management, TSA both provides sufficient risk mitigation security measures to dissuade terrorists from using aviation as a tool in their attacks and allows timely access for the aviation economy; thereby performs a balancing act. “Unlike our military defenders who fight our adversaries outside of our borders, the TSA must protect the public from the same threat while observing the elements of law which require the accused to be proven guilty in a court of law. The challenge for the TSA is protecting the air transportation system without creating an excessive burden on air commerce,” he notes. “The security searches conducted by the TSA in the furtherance of airport and aviation security are a point of contention that chafes the law-abiding public. These administrative searches are considered necessary by some and extra-constitutional by others.” Hook also places emphasis on the crucial need for an improved agile response force for the intelligence-driven security. “Future government funding on an intelligence-driven TSA should require not only the creation of an improved rapid response model, but also the training to make those security forces effective and acceptable to their employer, the American public.

Sasho Andonov, an expert in aviation safety, draws attention to the significant improvement in aviation safety in the last 12 years. “There are two terms, which deal with passengers’ transportation through air: First is the airport’s acceptance of passengers, checking their luggage and distributing them to the particular aircraft,” explains Andonov. “By entering the aircraft, the passengers are actually entering another part of their trip, or so called AERODROMME activity, where Ground Services and Air Traffic Control undertake responsibility for safety.” As Andonov adds, before entering the aircraft, we need to take into account the ICAO international rules. “Security in the aircraft is connected to Airports’ Authorities, TSA, Police, etc., which are part of airport activities of the officers, who may not be certified by ICAO or National Aviation Authority. Nevertheless, if we have another case of 9/11, there will be no change in the aviation safety – it is still the highest compared to other means of transportation,” he notes.

By Idil Kan

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