Anxiety About Airport Security
Consider this: prior to 9/11, airport security was a facade, and everyone
in the airline industry and the FAA knew it, The FAA ‘Red Team’ was
reliably able to slip simulated guns, etc. through security prior to 9/11.
But nothing ever changed. People hired to do screening were payed
McDonald’s wages. Turnover was high. It was just a joke.
After 9/11, suddenly people were interested in airport security. Now we
have fairly good security, not like El Al, but certainly enough that 9/11
could NOT happen today.
Our new cockpit doors - alone - would prevent 9/11. Cockpit doors prior
to 9/11 were designed to be easy to break, so that in case of a crash,
pilots were not trapped in the cockpit; they could break the door.
- Strategy For Managing Anxiety About This -
It is easy it ‘picture’ something slipping through the gaps in security. If
you let that picture form, it will cause anxiety. It is better to think that if
there were no security at all, still the chance of any one person being
on a flight with a terrorist is incredibly small.
Then, add security checks which do exist to that conceptualization.
I think if I were to figure my chances of being involved with a terrorist
attack today, I would figure I’m much safer being on an airplane than
being at Disney World, or in a stadium watching a sporting even. I
would bet the airplane is far safer from terrorists than those other places.