Airline safety after September 11th
- The Aviation security act
- Effects on New York city
- National and New York city response
In order to examine the national and New York City-specific changes to air travel that have been put in place after the September 11th, 2001 attacks and then analyze whether or not additional security measures are warranted, it is important to discuss September 11th. From there, it becomes evident that New York City and the country have made many changes, but more improvements are needed if the city and the United States would like to prevent all possible future attacks.
This, in turn, shows that airline safety is actually a matter of cost versus benefits and requires the realization that relative safety should be the goal, despite the shock and tragedy that stemmed from September 11th. A thesis such as this seems callous at first because it requires a sense of relativism and a realization that complete and unassailable safety becomes less and less practical when it is fully examined.
[...] New York City does not set its own airline agendas. In many ways, it is just another city in the mix, despite have been attacked and having been proven to be a target. When the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport reopened, New York City was one of the eight hub cities that were approved for six airlines. It was later expanded to more cities and flight plans were altered to keep planes farther away from the White House, the Capitol, the Pentagon, other federal buildings and monuments (Curl, 2001). [...]
[...] Despite these measures, many of which were a part of the Aviation Security Act, it remains clear that a blanket guarantee of safety is not something that officials can promise or guarantee in any real way. There are too many airports and flights in the United States to ensure that terrorists will not find a way to attack. More rigorous safeguards have been instituted at all U.S. airports and federal officials and consumer advocacy groups have presented a consistent message that the public should not to be afraid of flying, but these improvements are not cure-alls. [...]
[...] September 11th had a major impact on almost all areas of American life, ranging from finances to infrastructure. Effects on New York City In New York City approximately 100,000 people lost their incomes due to the damage caused by the attacks. In an attempt to compensate for the losses, government authorized expenditures of 10.4 billion dollars, including 6.4 billion dollars for the removal of debris and for temporary housing. The destruction at the World Trade Center destroyed approximately twelve million square feet of what was primarily office space. [...]