cockpit doors have been hardened; some pilots are armed; the number of air marshals has increased significantly; and screeners are better trained and more sensitized to the critical role they play as the last line of defense before would-be terrorists board airplanes.
Mass Transit Security
The good news is that, in partnership with the relevant state and local officials, DHS did all the right things after those scares. In various cities around the country, especially those in the
Northeast most dependent upon mass transit and most often targeted by terrorists, we saw increased armed police patrols; the use of bomb-sniffing dogs and the deployment of bomb detection technology; the greater use of surveillance cameras; public awareness campaigns; and, in some places, like New York City, random bag searches.
If I were a terrorist, I would simply wait until these measures were relaxed or repealed and strike then. What needs to happen, of course, is for these measures to be institutionalized on an ongoing basis. But this is exceedingly costly, and DHS has been reluctant to subsidize states’ and localities’ recurring security costs.
Melanie Kwok 10S27
Terrorism(What have been done to tackle terrorism in the United States)