Section 2: Aviation Security The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 (9/11), focused attention

Section 2: Aviation Security

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 (9/11), focused attention on America’s aviation systems. By one count, there are “51,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), Transportation Security Inspectors, and Behavior Detection Officers [who] serve on the frontlines at more than 450 U.S. airports” (

This section will provide you the opportunity to consider the actions taken by agencies within the United States to secure the aviation network since 2001. Part of the underlying concern is the tradeoffs between additional measures that may be perceived as personal invasion, costs of such systems, and more importantly, the success of those systems. The failure of intelligence and law enforcement agencies to cooperate was a major issue that surfaced in the investigation following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Required Reading:

Please refer to each Activity for required readings within Activity Resources.

Assignment 5   Technology and Aviation Security
Technological change affects air travel in many ways, from speed of movement and comfort to safety and security. Aviation itself was a major technological change in basic transportation. Aviation and government officials must stay abreast of technological change to ensure that they are able to provide efficient, safe travel for the public.

Activity Resources
•Review: Currah, P., & Mulqueen, T. (2011).
•Landry, S. (2011).
Main Task: Appraise Recent Technological Changes
Technological change occurs constantly in the aviation industry. Assume that you are a security official at a major airport. Prepare a paper to inform your supervisor of recent technological change that will enhance the security of air travel. Answer the following questions in your paper:
•How has technology changed to enhance security?
•Have the changes been worth the cost? Provide specific examples to justify your findings.
•Are travelers safer as a result of such changes? Why or why not?
Support your paper with at least 5 scholarly or professional resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.

Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.

Learning Outcome: 5
Assignment Outcomes

Appraise the impact of technological change on aviation security.

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