As someone who has studied the history of airports in the United States – and someone old enough to remember air travel before 9/11 – I find it striking, on the one hand, how reluctant the federal government, the airlines, and airports were to adopt early security measures.
On the other hand, it’s been jarring to watch how abruptly the sprawling Transportation Security Agency system was created – and how quickly American air travelers came to accept those security measures as both normal and seemingly permanent features of all U.S. airports.
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Place of Publication
Bednarek, Janet R., "An Entire Generation of Americans Has No Idea How Easy Air Travel Used to Be" (2021). History Faculty Publications. 152.