Airport Security Liquids?

Why more airport security doesn't stop terrorist attacks? With all the new security measures with liquids and other chemicals, how come airport security is not able to stop attacks from happening?

asked by Lauren in Aircraft | 3296 views | 12-30-2009 at 02:34 AM

Since the 9/11 attacks, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security have spent nearly $800 million trying to deploy higher-tech checkpoint screening technologies. These range from an explosives trace-detection portal, halted in 2006 after cost overruns, to scanners for bottled liquids, shoes, casts, and prostheses, as well as a Whole Body Imager. None of these systems have been deployed yet, according to an October 2009 report to Congress by the Government Accountability Office.

Air travel just became a little more difficult.

In light of the attempted attack on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Dec. 25, security screening measures have been tightened at airports in Canada. On Dec. 26, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority issued temporary new measures at the request of Transport Canada.

Travellers heading to the U.S. cannot bring carry-on bags into the aircraft cabin. Passengers can still bring the following items onto the plane:

* Medication or medical devices.
* Small purses.
* Cameras.
* Coats.
* Items for care of infants.
* Laptop computers.
* Crutches.
* Canes.
* Walkers.
* A special needs item.
* Musical instruments.
* Diplomatic or consular bags.

answered by Charlie | 12-30-2009 at 02:36 AM

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