Feeling more secure when flying?

Heading home for the holidays will, for many air travelers, contain new hurdles, Associated Press is reporting.

New measures aimed at thwarting potential terrorists include the growing presence of body scanners that take overly detailed images of the human frame, AP writes. One model that uses X-rays has raised health worries, but security needs have trumped those concerns, AP reports.

Also, the Secure Flight program is a behind-the-scenes effort by the TSA to better match potential terrorists with watch lists. The program requires airlines to collect a passenger’s full name, birth date and gender at booking. Passengers that don’t provide that information at least 72 hours before a flight won’t be issued a boarding pass, AP reports.

Do you feel more secure with these efforts? Is it worth the extra hassle and cost?

Or do you think it’s too time-consuming or intrusive, given the measures already in place?

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14 comments Add your comment

Understanding Atlanta

October 21st, 2010
9:24 am

I feel safer because it takes so long to get through security that it runs the bad guys off. They miss their flights.


October 21st, 2010
9:30 am

On paper it should be safer but do I feel everyone will do there jobs NO. The only reason the “christmas bomber” was able to board was not lack of policy but lack of competency in employees. Instead of new rules why not enforce the ones we have. If the role of terriorism is to take away our freedoms, they have won.


October 21st, 2010
9:47 am

No, I don’t feel safer . . . what you really should do is get an interview with a real weapons expert and/or security expert that is willing to speak off the record about the security situation. What we are doing will catch the bumbling fool that tries to take weapons on a plane – maybe, sometimes – depending on the attention span of the minimally educated low wage person operating the scanner. But, we’re not going to stop the sophisticated terrorist with these measures.


October 21st, 2010
9:55 am

I always feel unsafe when the government is involved.

JIMBOB (aka James Robert)

October 21st, 2010
10:19 am

How can this country inflict such humiliation upon the citizens while forcing other countries to do away with this type of ‘humiliation’ and ‘protection of the citizenry from jihad’?

Just Saying..

October 21st, 2010
10:23 am

Classic mission creep. The agency formed to thwart terriosts has morphed into the pensioned force to aggravate citizens, incurring enormous economic costs for marginal security improvement, if any. How many of the millions of scissors, nail files and penknives and colas taken from travelers were intended to terrorize? My daughter recently traveled with our 10 month grandaughter. The infant’s shoes were removed before boarding.
We’re purchasing security theatre.


October 21st, 2010
10:45 am

NO. Everyone knows TSA is a joke. I will not feel safe until they start profiling passengers.

TSA = Government-Subsidized Incompetence

October 21st, 2010
11:15 am

RE: “Do I feel MORE secure when flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson now?”

You mean with “Federal Officer Terrell” and “Federal Officer Laquisha” with sub-standard language & people skills and an almost no sense of professionalism whatsoever using their TSA badges to augment their bad attitudes, treating non-minority citizens as subhuman chattel, throwing the contents of our carry-on luggage around like a pack of jackals and lusting over the naked body images of law-abiding, tax-paying US citizens the government now takes?

Get Real.


October 21st, 2010
11:27 am

The lazy, shiftless, undereducated, ill tempered employees of The US Department of Homeland STUPIDITY, particularly those at the Atlanta airport, should be removed from the gene pool.

It still stuns me those same clueless people who couldn’t even meet the qualifications to get jobs at the airport Burger King just weeks prior are now suddenly empowered with federal badges & uniforms and the authority to tell their fellow citizens what to do or have Americans arrested.

NO, I absolutely do NOT feel safer for myself or for my children in any capacity with those ‘keeping it real’ simpletons on the job.


October 21st, 2010
11:29 am

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October 21st, 2010
4:33 pm

Is it worth the extra hassle and cost?

Are you kidding? The events of 9/11 happened because the airlines were more concerned about on time departures than security. The perps were allowed to board even though the computer had flagged them. Were any of these personnel disciplined? Probably promoted. And it didn’t help that they hadn’t been advised of an increased threat. Put me in Juan Williams’ camp. Profile! And leave Granny alone! And me, too.


October 21st, 2010
4:38 pm

The potential terrorists have the element of surprise on their side, a huge advantage. The crime has to be sniffed out and stopped long before they get to the airport. Heads up, everybody! What about quarantining the countries that harbor them?


October 21st, 2010
5:38 pm

“Advanced Imaging Technology” is a euphemism created to make people think they are getting “scanned.” No one is getting “scanned” — they are getting strip searched.

The fundamental privacy issue is whether our government has the right to make strip searches routine and mandatory.

There is no question that these machines violate the 4th Amendment.

There are also health issues. Researchers are already coming out saying that the machines aren’t safe and could cause cancer. The flat ones (Rapiscan) use X-RAYS on Men, Women & Children, including pregnant women!

You have the unconditional RIGHT to opt-out of these unsafe and degrading machines!

Google “DONT SCAN ME” or go to:

for important radiological safety and privacy information and actual images from this technology, not the lame images that TSA is propagating.


October 21st, 2010
5:54 pm

We fired Juan Williams so now terrorists will love the US and they won’t attack over the Holidays.