June Ramos


With a large number of people passing through the airports every day, aviation security is of extreme importance to ensure the safety of passengers and staff from harm.  This is why airports spend a lot of money on placing different means and technologies to secure and protect its vicinity especially in light of terrorist attacks and threats that we face.  Stationing full-body scanners and prohibiting carry on of laptop computers and other similar devices are some examples of aviation security measures aiming to enhance their capability to detect and disrupt possible threats of terrorism in our airports.  However, these strategies have caused concern among airport passengers regarding their privacy.  Full body scanners that use current sense resistors in parallel produce not just an image of weapons or explosives but also an image of a person’s body beneath the clothes that he or she is wearing.  Laptop computers may contain personal information which may be deemed confidential by the owner.  The question now is how much should we stretch our means to obtain essential information that can potentially save the life of one, hundreds, or thousands of people?  Where do we set our limits in ensuring national security and concurrently prohibiting intrusion into basic human right to privacy?  What alternative methods to do we have to be able to mitigate the threat of terrorism without encroaching into people’s privacy?  These are important matters for consideration among our government officials and airport security personnel that require careful analysis and attention to strike a balance between national security and the right to privacy.

Aviation security is faced with the challenge of finding equilibrium between having effective security measures and recognizing the individual’s right to privacy.  Being faced with constant threats of terrorism, they feel the need to impose more security procedures to ensure that they are able to detect those who are involved in terrorist attacks.  However, having more security measures in place means restricting the person’s freedom and rights to a certain extent.

But we should keep in mind that the fight to counter terrorism does not begin and end at the airport.  It is a long and arduous process that involves different government and non-government organizations in our endeavor to stop the threat of terrorism in our nation.  Thus, the alternative method to intrusive passenger screening strategies is intensifying our intelligence and investigation efforts.  We should use the technology available to use to be able to detect and identify individuals or groups who are involved in terrorism even long before they reach our airports.  But this is not to downplay the importance of our existing aviation security measures.  They are still useful in detecting threats and risks that have somehow eluded our intelligence and investigative efforts.  It is a collaborative effort that should also include the participation of the public so that they would understand the magnitude of the threat that we are facing.  Knowing the situation would prompt them to be cooperative in the conduct of security searches in airports and they can also divulge information to authorities regarding their knowledge about suspicious persons.  Ensuring aviation security is everyone’s obligation and each person must do what he or she needs to do to ensure the safety and protection of the people.

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What are the Places Accessible to You?

Did this question ever occur to you? Have you ever been to places that you didn’t know you do not have access to? By subscribing to this page, you would be more aware. We are concerned with giving you the most up-to-date news when it comes to things you could and couldn’t visit all over the world.

What is the significance of this? Simple.

You won’t feel hassled when you are not granted entry to your chosen destination.
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There are many reasons why a country closes its borders to outsiders. One, they want to preserve their culture and heritage. They think that by having outsiders coming in and out of their borders, their culture will be contaminated by others. They prevent others from having free access to their country so as for them to not easily be influenced. There are countries that go as far as even restricting the access of their people to the outside world just for the same reason.

Another reason for restricting the entry of outsiders in a country is the existing danger in there. Not only do these countries want to protect the people from other nations, they also want to contain the danger. This is to prevent the potential disagreement between countries and the possible negotiations just in case a problem like hostage-taking in a country where there is terrorism arises.

There are instances when a nation only closes their doors to a particular country. In this case, specific nationality is not allowed due to the misunderstanding between the country of their origin and the country of their destination. This is not settled easily unless these two countries come to an understanding. Most often than not, this takes years. As a consequence, that is how long would the entry restriction also last.

Awareness of the areas that are in ‘closed zone’ not only would lead you away from harm, this would also enable you to find an alternative especially if you are going on a vacation or planning to move into this place.

Being in the know about the happenings around the world would also invoke a movement to help those people who live in those areas if necessary. You can easily send help if you can, or encourage other people to do the same. By knowing this, you can also know about the dangers that may come to your country. How near is it to the place of danger? What is the extent of the damage that can come to your nation? How affected are you in terms of trade? Is it possible that your country would become a refuge? You’d know that and more if you stay tuned with Closed Zone.