Critics question airport security


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Specially trained dogs are often used along with metal detectors to spot terrorists. Although these steps were thought to be highly secure, the EgyptAir hijacking proved this wrong. Now critics are questioning the TSA methods.

On Mar. 29, EgyptAir was taken hostage by Seif El Din Mustafa. Mustafa threatened the passengers with his suicide belt. This has raised doubt towards the strength of Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

According to an internal investigation at the TSA, undercover investigators were able to smuggle 95 percent of mock explosives and weapons through the TSA screenings at airports.

Junior Jun Nishikawa said, “I am genuinely surprised by how most explosives pass through the TSA security at airports.”

These luggage screenings may prove to be beneficial by discouraging terrorists to carry weapons; however, it did not in EgyptAir hostage case and
7 billion dollars are used on these imitated security measures annually.

Junior Kyuzo Kelly said, “I am extremely disappointed by the lack of security TSA provided in this incident. I feel like they need to do a better job.”

These high cost, imitative security checks should not be used to prevent terrorism at airports, especially after a man easily passed through the security without any trouble.

Freshman Yuhi Hakozaki said, “Airports need to enforce traditional ways of preventing terrorism, such as individual background checks rather than current one.”