Balancing Security and Rights

It’s been over ten years since 9/11 and the debate over air security has been raging for decades. Some argue that the US needs both tougher and more focused security procedures that some say should racial profiling while civil libertarians argue for less infringement on personal liberty. I was recently on a flight to Bermuda and anyone who’s taken a flight recently knows the almost ritualistic practice of removing your shoes and your belt and being patted down (well at least I was).

Recently the TSA announced a policy change regarding children under 12, which I guess leaves us at risk for those pesky underage terrorists. But in all seriousness are the current security measures too heavy handed or not strong enough? Is it possible to increase the effectiveness of security procedures without inconveniencing passengers more than they are now?

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