Revised Spring 2008 Harlan
Everyday people travel around the world by land or air. Traveling by land is slower because of set speed limits and unforeseen traffic conditions such as rush hour mayhem. Roads also are dependent on the terrain, so they usually do not head straight in the direction of your destination. Traveling by air is much faster since the airplanes are able to go faster than vehicles and usually travel straight to where you want to go. However, when you travel by airplane, there are certain things you must do to make sure that nobody gets into trouble with the law.
First of all, passengers over the age of eighteen need a photo ID to receive a boarding pass. Passengers without a boarding pass have to go through addition security screening procedures. After the passenger receives the pass, they have to go through a security check point to make sure that no one is carrying anything dangerous or too big. A passenger may bring any liquids, gel, or aerosols but it has to be in a 3 oz. or smaller container. Also, some of the things that a passenger cannot carry on the plan are: are sporting goods, certain knives, meat cleavers, razors, sabers, guns, and etc… If any of these items are found in any baggage, the items will be confiscated.
Within an airport or airplane there are rules that need to be followed along with some "dos and don'ts".
- Taking off anything that is metal so that no searching has to be done by a security guard.
- Allowing the security guard to search anything they think is hazardous.
- Letting the security guard check your bags.
- Saying certain things such as: bomb, gun (weapons of any sort)
- Losing self control.
- Not cooperating with security.
If a passenger does something on the "don'ts" list, then that person will be considered a suspect, will be designated to the security officers for questioning and may not be able to return to any airport. In the air the pilot has the right to do an emergency landing if there is a passenger out of control or mentions any type of arsenals. When the plane lands, police officers will be ready to arrest the uncontrollable passenger.
Passengers labeled as a security hazard will be prosecuted and might not be able to enter into an airport or fly on an airplane every again. If a person doesn't give the permission to the security guard to check a bag, then the passenger could be charged with violating Amendment 4 because of the open ended "search and seizure" rights given to airport facilities. Even though the first amendment affords us the right to freedom of speech, these freedoms are not allowed on the airplane. If the passenger says the things mentioned above, the passenger could be charged with disturbing the peace.
For many years, I have flown on an airplane with my parents or by myself, and I have not yet encountered any problems with unruly passengers. During those years I have noticed a great deal of change in security measures due to the September 11th attacks. Before, no one had to show a photo ID to the security guard or a boarding pass, we didn't have to take off our shoes and there was no guard at the gates. After the attacks, the security has been more sensitive to metals, requiring people to take off their shoes and there is now a guard at every gate checking bags. A few years later, the security has lifted up to the point where an airline allows people to meet family members at the gate, but it depends on the reason. I've also noticed there is no longer a guard at the gates to double check the bags.
For some people it seems that there is not enough time in the day to get anything done. They find every chance to save some of it and flying is one way of doing so. Flying is one way of escaping the driving hours. On the ground, people miss out on seeing places that they haven't yet been to.