Jannette Hughes

social media consultant, Zone One Group

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Osama Bin Laden changed air travel. Now, that he is dead the question still remains: Are we safer without Osama? Do we feel safer?

We know that since the 911 attacks new airport security regulations were imposed, including: full body scans, 100 percent luggage search, security personnel highly trained, installed bulletproof cockpit doors, more items were restricted, for example: passengers can not carry liquids, gels, aerosols in quantities greater than 3 ounces, and a lot more. These changes were made because of the events of September 11. Now, that the mastermind of the tragedy of 911 attack is dead do you think that our perspective about air travel will change too? or, do you think that our safety has changed forever, therefore, we need to remain alert? How do you feel about it?

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    May 2 2011: The only thing that change with his death is... his dead. Will it stop all the believer in his cause, never. The issue is we approach terrorism like traditional war. Two enemies one battlefield and who defeats the other wins. You can't find an ideology with weapon. You can only fight it with ideology. There this great The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World [Deckle Edge], that explain that concept. Like everything we do, perception is the most important. The west feel they achieve this great success. But did we? We made iconic a man that thrive on been iconic. Remember Che?? sounded like a good idea to kill him right? He became the face of rebellion and revolution. They made it more powerful that he was alive.
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      May 2 2011: Yes, you are right! Osama was the leader and founder of al Qaeda and I do not think that his ideology will die with him.
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    May 2 2011: Personally, I hope they relax some of the airline restrictions (over time). I doubt it will happen since the world (especially the US) has changed drastically since 9/11 and Osama wasn't the only threat to the US, just the biggest at the time it seems.

    At the very least I'd like to start carrying my lotion in my checked luggage again. I also hope that in turn, some of the baggage fees that have shot through the roof will also be reduced or removed altogether (though this seems unrelated to Osama/ 9/11 events).
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      May 2 2011: Agreed, I wish traveling could change to a more enjoyable experience but, I don't think is possible. I suppose we need to get use to the fact that the airport security restrictions are here to stay. I definitely will like to carry my lotion too and, other necessary items but, I see that far away from happening.
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    May 3 2011: Osama declared himself responsible for directing a number of acts of terror that resulted in the loss of many civilian lives. Osama became a beacon for disaffected people to join his organization and train to perform acts of terror. During this period of thirty plus years security has increased which has resulted in safer travel and made life more difficult for terrorists. At the same time the introduction of these security measures has had a negligible impact on travelers. Now that Osama has gone I see no reason to relax security since acts of terror occurred before Osama (Locherbie is an example) and most likely acts of terror will unfortunately continue in the future.