The recent airport security update requiring travellers to power-up electronic equipment being carried in both hand and hold luggage, is a new restriction added to a long line of changes and enhancements to security, going back to the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001.
It was from that date that airport security procedures were forced to undergo a rigorous transformation and very quickly update processes that in many cases dated back to the 1970’s. It is in fact only over the last few years that we have seen the authorities catch up and start to use cutting edge technology such as Full Body Scanners utilising Long Wavelength X-ray’s and Microwave technology.
These new developments have their own drawbacks, including cost and also privacy issues, with some campaigners claiming the near naked images produced are an invasion of privacy. The constant updating, tweaking and adjusting of security protocols may be frustrating to regular travellers. It is worth remembering however, all the plots and attempted attacks that have been foiled, from exploding shoes to flammable liquids in shampoo bottles, explosive printer cartridges and even exploding underpants!
The airports, airlines, and security services are now ever more vigilant. Security on-board aircraft has also been greatly improved, with visits to the cockpit no longer allowed, cockpit doors on many aircraft are now reinforced and bullet proofed, with some aircraft also being equipped with CCTV so the crew can monitor cabin activity.
It is unfortunately one of the realities of the 21st century that we will continue to Business Travel have enhancements and changes to the requirements of airport security. However, most of us will continue to fly for both business and leisure and we will adapt and accept that we have to take off our shoes and belts, make sure our batteries are fully charged, and feel perhaps a little bashful whilst being scanned.