Generally yes as to something like a 9/11 event. Today even the accident rate has dropped to historical lows in the US. Now I would be more worried about a ground to air missle being used by an terrorist.
I flew EWR
in April 2002, and only saw minor changes like putting my jacket through the x-ray, but it did seem more through, serious, taking more time and more cops were around. In December 2003, it was much more through on a flight EWR
, including the shoe check. On departure from British V.I., was a through hand and x-ray check of the bag. The security on a LGA
shuttle flight in Fall 2003 was much more than my last such flights in December 2000. I have had the through '3rd degree' check out done to me at LGA
back in January. There is also more control of airport boundries and of those monitoring the movement of a/c (like our spotter friends here now banned at many airports areas and areas adjacent to airports)
Contrast that with my my experience about 2 weeks before 9/11/01 EWR
. I had a box cutter, office shears, and other office supplies in my carry on for a work assignment at a warehouse outside of Boston. At EWR
, they were more worried about my cell phone, and had to show it worked as a cell phone. At Boston, they gave my stuff a second glance, but nothing more.
There are still weaknesses under the TSA
, including the allegation that they cannot pull for '3rd degree' checks of too many of 'certain people' i.e. blacks, 'arabs', etc. taking discresion from the police/TSA
agents, although they missed Richard Reid in the UK. But the total ban and confiscation of many tons of questionable objects as well as at least the appearance of more strict security can and does have an intemindating affect on those who are stupid enought to consider a hijacking today. I am quite sure there are ways we don't know about and shouldn't know about as to the tracking of many passangers who's names, countries of birth, past flight patterns and other factors raise questions and get more scruteny.