The Impacts of 9/11 attack
Formerly, when passing airport security gates in the USA, people can
have their shoes tied, carry a bag and don’t need to show the government IDs.
After the assaults of terrorist attacks, especially the attack on 9/11, the whole
security system has gone through lots of overhauls. The attack on 9/11,
caused by loose security levels, complicated the airport security procedures
and made the USA more aggressive on anti-terrorism activities.
Before the regulations were reformed, security vulnerabilities let terrorists
had chances to wage their attacks. In the past, airport security checks were
used to be provided by several private nongovernmental companies. Which
means there was no a same standard of level when doing security checks,
different security teams had a variety of ways and modes to do their jobs
(Three major). And here comes the problems: First, the guards were not
formally trained by the nation, so their qualities were not guaranteed; they may
have been lazy while doing their jobs. Second, each team had a different
definition of the term “dangerous”. Some teams even let passengers bring
knives onboard. These negligence were the factors that caused the 9/11 attack
After the terrible attack on 9/11 happened, airport security inspection
passed a series of change. The government quickly created the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA), which has overseen every single airport
security system around the United States (How). The job of TSA, not to
mention, is to prevent this kind of terrorist attack from happening again, so they
have introduced new technology into security checking equipment. Also, lots of
complex new rules were added. Infrared scanners were placed in every single
gate in airports to make sure that no one baggage is containing objects that
can harm people. In addition, occasional pat-down is also required nowadays,
which just made people’s travels more troubled (Three major).
Another effect is that the 9/11 attack trigged the United States being
aggressive on anti-terrorism activities. Not long after the 9/11 attack, soldiers
were sent into Afghanistan in order to whip out the Taliban government. The
wars that are ignited in the Middle East have lasted for more than a decade,
and lots of soldiers came back to their home land with injuries. One of the most
significant event that happened in the anti-terrorism activities, is the bin Laden
assassination. This is a really important progress on counter-terrorism
activities in American history (Osama). But on the other hand, it made the
people of Middle East in rage, which may make terrorists’ move more often.
The attack on 9/11 did affect a lot of things in the USA; the effects
mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. Whether the effects improved
the USA or not, there is one thing that we can tell; this kind of attack is really
terrible to the whole society, people should remember the lessons and try to
prevent these things from happening again and again. And our world will surely
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