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Why Don't We Feel Secure on an Airplane?

Updated on August 11, 2011
Northwest Airlines that was detained after a Nigerian passenger tried to light explosives onboard
Northwest Airlines that was detained after a Nigerian passenger tried to light explosives onboard

Terrorism is Destroying our Lives

 Why can't we feel secure anymore when we travel? It used to be that we could get on a plane, sit back, enjoy our free meals, and arrive feeling rested and ready to go. Now, we have to worry about the person sitting next to us and whether or not he has some ulterior motives.

Remember when we got fed on a flight? Now, we can't have eating utensils. People have to carry on their own food, like entire pizzas and french fries. No liquids past the security gates; that is, until you pass the security gates and THEN you can buy a water bottle.

The whole thing makes no sense. We keep changing these stupid security rules that have nothing to do with security, when simple measures might actually catch some of these morons who keep getting through the TSA system.

First, why not make a National identification card for all Americans? We need to stop being so paranoid about our civil rights and privacy, and worry about protecting ourselves from the "Bad Guys." Fingerprint everyone when they board a plane. Take a digital picture when we check in. At least that way, someone would actually have a record of who is on the planes.

Next, profile terrorists. My apologies ot those who resemble terrorists physically, but let's face it, there is a certain profile that fits the terrorists of today and we need to stop worrying about their rights and worry about our rights. After all, we are Americans, and the rights pertain to us, not illegal terrorists who board commercial jetliners with the intent to kill us.

Also, commercial jet travel is a private industry. They do have the right to refuse service, and they should have the right to question a passenger. If Delta, for example, changed their travel policy to require home addresses, nationality, birthdays and passport numbers prior to flights, perhaps the terrorists would at least be better identified.

All of this works for El Al, the national airline of Israel. Why can't we follow their way of handling profiling? They are, afterall, the ones who terrorists would love to take down, but yet, they have the best security of all airlines.

This country of ours needs to stop being so polite. We need to look out for ourselves and stop treading so lightly when it comes to the security of our citizens. We all know that there are Bad Guys out there waiting to hurt us, to destroy us, to obliterate us. It's time to make changes and make Americans feel secure again.

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      Robin 

      8 years ago

      I agree. People often ask me where I am from ( I am from the US) and I am not upset over it. If me showing an extra I.D card made just one person more comfortable and felt safer then I would be happy to do so. I think the only people that would be bothered to take a few moments to be "profiled" are the people with something to hide. GREAT article!!!

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      melziemae99 

      8 years ago

      I agree completely. I mean jeez- if we get a folio (plastic) card when we board cruises, why not do the same darned thing for air travel. Who travels with only 3 oz of shampoo, conditioner, and hair styling products. I use expensive stuff and I'm not about to put that into checked baggage. Good grief, there does have to be another way than the current methods. My most ironic moment- I went to Nassau and while I was there I bought a bottle of Bahamian Hot Sauce. I had in my carryon when I went to go home and they took it away from me. Yet, when I changed planes in Dallas, I could buy the same size bottle of Texas Hot Sauce while waiting for the plane!! What's wrong with this picture?

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      Peter Grant 

      8 years ago from McDonough, GA

      The problem is political correctness. Great countries are rarely defeated from without. Political correctness may help to topple America from within. God forbid!

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      Lori Orchow 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Interesting comment. I agree. Unless a person is actually concerned about being guilty of a crime, why would they care if they are profiled?

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