The Jambar Editorial: The new norm of America

The events of Sept. 11, 200, changed the way Americans live after affecting the lives of nearly 3,000 people who passed tragically on the day alone. Twenty-one years have passed and the changes implemented on Americans have become the norm.

Prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, it took roughly 30 minutes to board an airplane. Numerous items were allowed on board that would be confiscated today like blades longer than four inches, baseball bats, box cutters, knitting needles and scissors. 

However, now there is the Transportation Security Administration. People must be at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight to account for enhanced security. Security checks include removing footwear and walking through a metal detector, having your bags scanned and, in some situations, being pat down.

Loved ones used to be able to walk through security and greet or wave goodbye to passengers. Because of these attacks, that is no longer allowed. The cockpit in the plane is now locked and flight attendants are trained to protect it from being taken over.

More than a decade later, what was once considered a new way of living is a norm for this generation. Most employees within The Jambar don’t know how much more freedom citizens had. Only a handful of Jambar staff were able to experience life before the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Most students view these extra precautions as a norm and don’t understand the full effect of the terrorist attacks. Because of these attacks, people’s freedoms were restricted but to many, the extra security was worth the trade-off.

The further we move from Sept. 11 the less impact it has on American minds, but the lasting changes seem to be here to stay.

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