The increased security at some U.S. airports may be raising some concern among passengers, but it is also raising some very legitimate questions about security that need to be answered.
One of those questions is highlighted in a story WITN broadcast Monday night. Pitt-Greenville airport, a smaller regional airport, does not have the enhanced body scanners and does not do the pat downs. Some reading the story here on our website ask the question, "what good does the increased security do at the bigger airports if terrorists know they could just go to the smaller ones?"
Question number two has to do with security at foreign airports. Do foreign airports have the same increased security with body scanners and pat downs? After all, the Christmas day bomber boarded his plane in Amsterdam.
I tried finding some information online about security at foreign airports. The most recent I saw was from a Boston Globe article last April. This is what it said, "Airlines, acting with host governments and overseas airport personnel, would match data against names on airline tickets, passports, or other security checks. If results raise suspicion, passengers would be pulled aside for a secondary screening that may include questions, pat-down, or both." So part of the answer is yes, there is some increased security at foreign airports, but it doesn't seem to be at the level it is here in the U.S. And it is unclear how many of those foreign airpots have the additional security.
Question number four...what happens when the terrorists come up with a way to get around the body scanners and pat downs? What if the next terrorist decides to hide something inside a body cavity? Would passengers then have to be stripped down and face the kind of search a prisoner might face to make sure they're not smuggling something into prison?
To be sure, the end result of security measures should be to make flying safe for everyone...but it seems right now there are many, many questions.