New Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher: Airport Security


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Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and this year is no exception. According to Airlines for America, an industry trade organization, there is a 1.5% expected increase of passengers over last year to 24.6 million. Along with increased holiday travelers comes travel-induced stress resulting from queuing up in endless lines to undergo security measures that make many people look back in nostalgia at the way things used to be.

Those of you who are teachers or media specialists may have students who will be traveling by air during the holiday. Before school lets out for vacation, why not engage your students in a debate over the intrusiveness of airport security?

Show them our Airport Security Leading Issue, one of eight new Leading Issues introduced this fall, to get them thinking about the nature of privacy versus security.

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Airport Security Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher

The Airport Security issue contains an overview, a Pro/Con and Essential Question with articles, and Critical Thinking and Analysis questions and Perspectives and more. To see a chronology of security measures enacted from the 1960’s to the present day, you can direct them to the Airport Security Timeline, where many of the entries are linked to full-text articles.

How do you feel about airport security measures? Are the tougher measures enacted post-9/11 worth the hassle? Share with us in the comments section below.

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