All Things Travel: What’s Changed At Logan Airport Since 9/11?

By Bob Weiss, CBS Boston travel contributor

BOSTON (CBS) – Security has been the watchword at Logan Airport since 9/11/01.

The FAA, the TSA and Massport, which runs the Boston airport, have more than 2,000 people involved in security and have spent more than $250 million in the last decade that, hopefully, will keep almost 28 million passengers safe this year.

But questions remain.

Why do people still have to take off their shoes?

And why did it take 10 years to build and open the country’s first airport Joint Terrorism Task Force center at an airport at Logan?

Massport is justifiably proud that its daily security briefing that takes place in the media room has taken place every day since 9/11/01.

Nine months later, the first TSA employees arrived at Logan Airport.

By December 31, 2002, Logan was the first and only major U.S. airport to meet the federally mandated deadline to have 100 percent in-line baggage screening for passengers.

Cargo screening took several more years to implement.

It was not until August of 2006, that Troop F of The Massachusetts State Police started roadblocks to conduct random vehicle searches.

Last year was an important year for security at Logan.

In March, Boston became the first airport to deploy full body scanners.

The airport began implementation of much greater use of close circuit TV systems in most areas of the airport.

For all of the technical improvements, domestic passengers are urged to get to Logan an hour before their flight departs.

In the case of international passengers, primarily leaving in the early evening hours, at least one-and-a-half hours is needed.

The next big problem to be resolved at all U.S. airports is the number of bags carried on to planes as the airlines now charge for extra bags.

bobweiss All Things Travel: Whats Changed At Logan Airport Since 9/11?

Bob Weiss, CBS Boston travel contributor

These items slow down both the security lines and boarding the planes at the gates.

Back on 9/11/01, airline shuttles to New York carried about 80 percent of the passengers from Boston to New York’s three airports and Amtrak had less than 20 percent of that business.

Today the railroad carries over 50 percent of that business and the bus travel to New York is booming from South Station.

The TSA is virtually invisible at South Station.

The war on terrorism continues.

Bob Weiss and “All Things Travel” can be heard weekends on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.


One Comment

  1. emom says:

    Well I see it this way , We never expected to have terrorism on this countries soil again. But we did, Next we needed to put measures in place to protect the ENTIRE country,, even thou the it started here in this state. But the measures first put in place were minimal since they didn’t want to burden us, HOWEVER, more tried to take down the friendly sky’s, so ever time yet another person tried another measure was put in place. YES it’s a huge burden,, BUT would you rather there was nothing , and that they allow anyone to walk past the gates with or with out a ticket and gain access to the planes or even the terminals.. Never checking for those explosives that can be hidden,, I mean if that shoe bomb had gone off or god forbid the underwear man achieved his plan , then we could have never known how the bombs got on board and terrorist would do more of the same. I appreciate that they do scan our luggage , an check to be sure people are not caring devices on them. I feel a bit safer , still scared but I will not complain ever over the scanning of my luggage , I have nothing to hide, the body scan I must do, they want to look at me fine , the pat downs because they cant tell, go for it buddy, and the extra look at my luggage because something didn’t look right,, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE OPPURTUNITY TO BE SURE WE ARE ALL SAFE IN THE SKY…….. For all those that complain about it think if those that lost their lives because we never had these measures in place to prevent it in the first place. If they were here today they would say do it…Yes it’s a burden, but is your life a burden, is your family a burden, is your right to be absolutely safe a burden,,,, I may not have lost anyone during any war, or that fateful day,,, I have had many that served in WW2, Korean & Vietnam, and came home with horrible stories, But never did they ever feel burdened for their safety .. I hate the war, REALLY I DO, but I feel my life matters, is worth a little and the sacrifice I have to go thru to ensure me and my family is just that SAFE, then I say we can never ever have to much security when it comes to flying,,, If more comes to the airports then its to insure we are again safe to fly and be with our loved ones, APPRICIATE YOU LIFE AND THOSE AREOUND YOU TO MANY LOST THAT CHANCE . They would never complain if they had a second chance.

  2. Steve Scanner says:

    No amount of safety, no measure of security, NO NUMBER OF LIVES SAVED is worth sacrificing the founding principles of our nation.

    This is (ostensibly still) the land of the free, not the land of the safe. Freedom means risk and 235 years ago, some people decided that given the choice between living safe lives of submission to authority, or taking their lives in their hands and being free, they would rather have liberty at the expense of personal risk.

    Yes, if TSA stops doing what it is doing, planes may be blown up. Maybe we’ll have another 9/11. Maybe we’ll have 911 more 9/11s. It will be sad, people will be hurting and mourning. But that is the price we pay for liberty. When people say “freedom isn’t free,” that’s where that slogan comes from. When Thomas Jefferson said “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” it was not intended as some sort of anarchist screed. He was saying that sometimes, in order for there to be freedom for all, good people must stand against oppressors and, sometimes, sacrifice themselves in order to do so.

    And for godsakes, nobody is even asking any American patriot to fall on their sword. What we’re talking about is the people standing up and saying “Enough is enough” to the TSA. Saying “If we have to choose between being less safe in the air and enduring the wholesale sexual assault that you neander-thugs perpetrate against us every day at terminals across the nation, then we’ll keep our 4th-Amendment rights and take our chances. Now get the hell out of our airports.”

    Anyone who values safety over liberty is not espousing American principles and, in point of fact, this can be confirmed via the words of Benjamin Franklin himself. It’s been quoted a thousand times before but it rings absolutely true each and every last time. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    America. Land of the free. Not “Land of the free, except in airports or when we’re really really scared, void where prohibited, some restrictions may apply.”

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