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Years ago a trip to the airport was a fun and quick experience There were no long lines tight security or enduring wait times Arriving to the airport was no big deal someone could arrive ten minutes before their flight and pretty much run right through security and board a flight Unfortunately after Al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 airports around the world have made dramatic changes The Transportation Security Administration has overstepped its boundaries Mark Glatt manager of Cook Travel Station located in Billings Logan International Airport said What used to be a fun and exciting adventure has kind of turned into drudgery apprehension and rudeness Thackeray This quote gives an accurate opinion of how many people feel while traveling by air in the twenty-first centuryWithin the past four years I have traveled to and from the Dominican Republic with the Virginia 4-H four times I love to fly and I try to whenever I have the opportunity I have seen up close all the absurd precautions that the TSA will takeWith all the rules and regulations going to the airport is very stressful In Lorna Thackerays article in the Billing Gazette she mentions some of the causes of everyones stress Around the middle of November two months after 911 the Aviation and Transportation Security Act was replaced by the current Transportation Security Administration or TSA to take over all screening responsibilities Only five percent of bags were checked before 911 Now the federal government requires that scanners check all luggage The TSA now checks for many items including containers containing more than 34 fluid ounces because in 2006 after security officials in the United Kingdom reported a terrorist plot involving liquids on transatlantic flights to the US liquids in carry-on luggage were restricted Thackeray In 2011 while on our way to the Dominican Republic we were going to security when all of a sudden we see Carol our
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