Make Aviation Security a Collective Effort
With a large number of people passing through the airports every day, aviation security is of extreme importance to ensure the safety of passengers and staff from harm. This is why airports spend a lot of money in placing different means and technologies to secure and protect its vicinity especially in light of terrorist attacks and threats that we face. Stationing full-body scanners and prohibiting carry on of laptop computers and other similar devices are some examples of aviation security measures aiming to enhance their capability to detect and disrupt possible threats of terrorism in our airports. However, these strategies have caused concern among airport passengers regarding their privacy. Full body scanners produce not just an image of weapons or explosives but also an image of a person’s body beneath the clothes that he or she is wearing. Laptop computers may contain personal information which may be deemed confidential by the owner. The question now is how much should we stretch our means to obtain essential information that can potentially save the life of one, hundreds, or thousands of people? Where do we set our limits in ensuring national security and concurrently prohibiting intrusion into the basic human right to privacy? What alternative methods to do we have to be able to mitigate the threat of terrorism without encroaching into people’s privacy? These are important matters for consideration among our government officials and airport security personnel that require careful analysis and attention to strike a balance between national security and the right to privacy. Aviation security should be a collaborative effort that should also include the participation of the public so that they would understand the magnitude of the threat that we are facing. Knowing the situation would prompt them to be cooperative in the conduct of security searches in airports and they can also divulge information to authorities regarding their knowledge about suspicious persons. Ensuring aviation security is everyone’s obligation and each person must do what he or she needs to do to ensure the safety and protection of the people.