10 years after 9/11: Are we any safer?

Many security experts say yes, but much work left to be done


Richard Duncan, interim assistant general manager of operations, maintenance and security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: As I reflect on the question of our safety 10 years after the tragic events of 9/11, I must say yes, we are safer. We are safer because of the transformation of our nation into an informed and security conscious society. Federal, state and local governments have invested a considerable amount of resources, including time and money, to improve our ability to gather and share information concerning possible threats. We have improved our technology, training and public safety and security work forces through cooperative efforts on all levels. Additionally, the general public feels that they should take a more active role in their individual security. With the introduction of the Department of Homeland Security public awareness program – "See something, Say Something" - we will continue to improve on our ability to deter, detect, detain or defeat individuals who would like to disrupt our way of life. Even though we have made significant improvements in aviation security, we must never forget the contributions of the brave men and women who restored our way of life in the aftermath of 9/11. Are we safer today? Yes, but, we must continue to improve our ability to provide a safe and secure world aviation transportation network that supports the uninterrupted movement of people, goods and services throughout the system.