Dillon A. Lee
Professor Kimberly Ward
14 October 2014
Research Paper: Why Airport Security Should Be Stronger
When we think of airport security, it’s words like “ugh” or “phew” that come about in our minds because we all know how frustrating getting onto airplanes can be. We have to be body searched, our bags have to go through an airport baggage system, and flights may get delayed due to natural causes. While it is true that airport security is an impatient job, it does not necessarily follow that airport security should not be stronger. September 11, 2011 will be a day that I will never forget. Being picked up from kindergarten by my mother, listening on the radio and ...view middle of the document...
In order for an airport to fulfill their responsibilities in security, they need to carry out this definition. Merriam-Webster, also, defines the term terrorism as, “The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal” (1). The 9/11 attacks is a perfect example of terrorism. The purpose behind the 9/11 attacks was due to the United States supporting everything that was against helping the Muslims. A disease is defined as, “an illness that affects a person, animal, or plant: a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally” (Merriam-Webster 1). Airports go through a lot when it comes to preventing the spread of diseases such as Ebola and SARS. Lastly, Merriam-Webster defines smuggling as, “to move (someone or something) from one country into another illegally and secretly” (1). Drugs are being smuggled, not just through the Mexico-American border, but through airplanes, too. Not every illegal substance comes from Mexico, or Central America, thus needing either cargo or airplanes to smuggle the illegal drugs.
After the 9/11 attacks, airport security against terrorism increased immensely. My opponents say that airports in the United States have been effective in catching terrorists. Secondly, my opponents say that it is not an airport's responsibility to detect diseases. They would also argue that airports have already done enough in preventing diseases. Lastly, my adversaries would say that the drug smuggling issue cannot be fixed at airports. They would also agree that airports are already doing enough to prevent drug smuggling. Overall, my opponents would argue that terrorism, disease spreading, and drug smuggling cannot be controlled through stricter airport security.
First, terrorism is an issue that airports need to be more aware of for the safety of the public. September 11th, 2011, is a day that will live on forever in the lives of many Americans. Even though I was only in kindergarten, I can still remember the hurt that the hijackings brought to the United States. How those nineteen hijackers made it through airport security will forever astonish me. Unfortunately, 9/11 is not an isolated case. There was also an incident where a Nigerian was arrested after trying to blow up an airplane that was heading for Detroit. Writing in the journal Remembering 9/11, Kenneth Jost talks about the events before, during, and after the 9/11 attacks. In this scholarly journal, Jost mentions an event that happened eight years after the World Trade Center and Pentagon hijackings. He talks about a young Nigerian named Abdulmutallab, who “was arrested on Christmas Day 2009 after unsuccessfully trying to blow up a civilian aircraft bound for Detroit by detonating explosives sewed into his underwear” (722). If my opponents claim that airports are more strict after the 9/11 attacks, then please explain to me how this Nigerian terrorist made it onto the aircraft? An airport with stricter...