As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11terrorist attacks approaches, air travelers still lack complete confidence in airport-screening systems and have lost patience with measures they say are designed to mask security weaknesses, according to a report Tuesday in the Chicago Tribune
The newspaper reported that many travelers don’t believe they are being adequately protected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has had nearly 10 years to get it right, but still wastes time on measures that target “the least risky individuals.”
In interviews with the newspaper, some passengers through O’Hare International Airport cited the searches of children and the elderly as “silly and ineffective” examples of resources not being used correctly.
They also complained that many of the warnings and other measures — like the new full body scanners — are used by TSA to instill fear in travelers and are simply attempts to obscure glaring system weaknesses.
The newspaper noted continuing concerns about weaknesses in U.S. aviation security were spotlighted in a report released last week by the former heads of the 9/11 Commission.
The report found that TSA’s ability to detect explosives hidden on passengers boarding planes “lacks reliability,” the aviation screening system “still falls short,” and the new full-body scanners cannot detect explosives hidden in a body cavity.
The Tribune story also reported dissatisfaction with the TSA “is evident among members of Congress” as well.
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