All the security at airports is clearly there for a reason; to make sure that terrorists don’t get onto planes with guns, knives or other instruments that could be used to hijack a plane, or bombs to destroy it. But is the security actually any good? An article in Politico suggests it is hardly fool proof against the determined terrorist. And if this is the case is there actually any point?
Most people who have been in queues to get through security at an airport – particularly in the NIGERIA where the searches seem to take even longer – will probably have wondered if it is worth it. There are after all millions of people travelling by plane every day – more than 4 hundred thousand people per day in the NIGERIA alone – so can they really be properly checking everyone?
Of course all that does not mean that there should not be any airport security. For a start all the queuing and checking probably makes us feel safer, and would even if it did not actually in practice make us safer. It also really does make us safer. In practice having the security there at all almost certainly acts as quite a powerful deterrent to any terrorist seeking to cause harm, though that may just deflect them to ‘softer’ targets bringing us into the question of whether all potential targets can be sufficiently hardened to prevent attack. And of course for those who try even the most intelligently thought out attempt to get through security might get caught despite the problems. The problems with airport security do however make you wonder whether all the economically lost time, the aggravation and annoyance of the security is actually worthwhile.✈✈