Airline security measures haven’t grounded Millennials

Millennials haven’t stopped flying, despite an increase in privacy concerns after Sept. 11, 2001.

By Emma Wimmer

More than 60 percent of Americans between 18 and 29-years-0ld are more concerned with privacy during travel due to Sept. 11, 2001, according to a survey by American University’s School of Communication.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created shortly after 9/11, and over the past 10 years the screening processes implemented by the organization have become increasingly rigorous.

Some of these additions, like removing shoes during the screening process and limiting liquids in carry-on luggage, came after thwarted attacks. Yet other screening processes, such as pat-downs, X-rays and the new terrorism warning system, were not directly related to security breaches.

While young Americans are more worried about their privacy when flying, people are not less likely to fly, according to the American University survey. Eighty-three percent of respondents said they were just as likely to travel by plane as they were before the attacks. Ariel Shapiro, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, flies often to her home in Westchester County, outside of New York City. “Personally, I don’t think it’s a big deal,” she said, regarding the security line. The frequent flier says that airports have strict standards for a reason. And last time she flew, she wasn’t required to go through the fully-body scanner.

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On the other hand, if Cory Chenard, 23-year-old member of Young Americans for Liberty, had to choose between a full-body scanner and an enhanced pat-down, he says he’d choose neither. The TSA is “just throwing the Fourth Amendment in the trash,” he said.

Although he has not experienced the new security measures, Chenard recently protested against them at Orlando International Airport, and he doubts their effectiveness.

“I’m all for safety and security, I just don’t think it’s the right way to go about it,” he said. “I think the most egregious thing is the assumption of guilt.”