Post 9/11 Airport Security Term Paper by Nicky

A look at changes in airport security following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
# 146130 | 1,522 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper gives an analysis of airport security following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, with an emphasis on a building security evaluation at the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. First, the paper shows that in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks airport security is seen as a key element in preventing another such an attack today. Then, it examines literature distributed by the FAA regarding new mandatory security procedures and how they are being implemented at the Baltimore/Washington airport. Photos, charts and graphs further illustrate the number of passengers using the airport and security procedures they must undergo. The paper also discusses the Aviation and Transportation Safety Act and how US international airports must comply with its regulations. These include fire prevention as well as security issues. The paper concludes by stating that passengers traveling from, to or through the Baltimore/Washington airport can rest assured that significant security and fire prevention precautions are in place to protect them during their travels.


Review and Analysis
Background and Overview
Internal security and access control
Fire/smoke alarms
Perimeter security
Security response availability

From the Paper:

"One of the downsides of living in a free society is that those who would threaten the nation's security interests can take advantage of these freedoms and the complacency they engender among the citizenry and policymakers alike, and this is precisely what happened on September 11, 2001. For example, according to Wallis (2003), "Those who flew the two airliners into World Trade Center towers and their co conspirators who attacked the Pentagon in Washington and caused a fourth aircraft to crash in Pennsylvania had to know that in 2001, U.S. domestic aviation security programs fell short of the international levels. Domestic aviation security in the United States was inadequate and ineffective."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Facts & figures. (2009). Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. [Online]. Available:
  • Fire suppression division. (2009). Maryland Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation. [Online]. Available: aboutthemaa/firerescuedept.html.
  • Ramstack, T. & Lively, T. (2004, January 7). BWI airport police search entering cars; action taken as a Code Orange precaution. The Washington Times, C08.
  • Wallis, R. (2003). How safe are our skies? Assessing the airlines' response to terrorism. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Wikemedia commons. (2009). [Online]. Available: passengers.jpg, BTerminal.JPG/800px-BWIA-BTerminal.JPG and wikipedia/commons/f/fc/KBWIDiag.png.

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APA Format

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