ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      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!!!

    • melziemae99 profile image


      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?

    • tjmatel3 profile image

      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!

    • pampushky profile imageAUTHOR

      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?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)