As one of the most influential events in American history these days, September 11 has changed many aspects of everyday life, including air travel not only in the United States but around the world.
Travel never feels the same as it did before 9/11, but we hope it will continue to be more efficient as it evolves to protect against similar tragedy.
The flight landed within hours of an attack that upset the government.
Bob Orr was a travel and security correspondent who reported on the attack and monitored the birth of the TSA.
“It was unimaginable,” Orr added. “We need security. TSA exists because it must have existed somehow long ago.”
Bob McLaughlin was TSA Federal Security Director at Southwest Florida International Airport and was involved in flight security prior to the attack.
“We considered various aspects to enhance security. Before 9/11, everything was like a partnership, it was contracted,” McLaughlin said. “At that point, we decided to develop our own workforce and focus on our security mission.”
In November 2001, just months after the attack, President George Bush’s administration created the Transportation Security Administration.
The initial annual budget was just over $ 1.2 billion.
More recently, records show that it was over $ 8 billion during the 2021 fiscal year.
“Advanced technology and training itself, the huge amount of money spent on the workforce,” says McLaughlin.
The TSA process may sometimes feel exhausted, but authorities say it is constantly adding more efficient equipment and methods.
A TSA official said the institution has a research and development team that is constantly working on new technologies.
Many things can change in the future.
Machines will be able to show if passengers are carrying potentially dangerous or explosive substances, and new machines will reveal if travelers have material leftovers in their hands.
“We are a counterterrorism agency. We have evolved,” McLaughlin said. “I think it will be faster and the machine will eventually get smaller.”
Orr said terrorism would be a long-standing problem facing the world.
“This will be with us for a long time,” Orr said. “Terrorism started in 2001 and did not end in 2002 … this is a small price to pay. Inconvenience or slight delay.”