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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Sep 11, 2011

Airport security costs have risen significantly since the 9/11 terror attacks. Air cargo, however, remains a weak point in security. Mandatory screening requirements apply to cargo leaving the U.S., but there is no requirement that incoming cargo be screened to the same standards. Meanwhile, some observers note the cost of screening passengers typically increases after a security breach. "Every time something happens, we add layers," said Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation. "It's a very labor-intensive model, and it's based on the underlying premise that everyone deserves to be scrutinized as a suspect." Sep 9, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security is urging Americans to "remain vigilant" as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks nears. The warning was prompted by a "credible but unconfirmed terror threat" against New York or Washington. "We take all threat reporting seriously, and we have taken, and will continue to take all steps necessary to mitigate any threats that arise. We continue to ask the American people to remain vigilant as we head into the weekend," DHS said. Sep 9, 2011

Some Muslim travelers say the Transportation Security Administration continues to single them out for additional screening a decade after the September 2001 terror attacks. A recent survey found that 36% of Muslim travelers say they believe they have been singled out. The Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating complaints by Muslims but did not offer details other than to state that it does not tolerate religious discrimination. Sep 8, 2011

Tourists flock to Times Square for the bright lights and Broadway shows. There they find another spectacle: helmeted police with machine guns patrolling the subway station on the lookout for would-be bombers and gunmen. Ten years after the September 11 attacks of 2001, the United States has altered the balance between freedom and security, turning an open and casual society into an ever-vigilant one. The results are undeniable. The country has not suffered another attack, though there have been close calls like last year's failed Times Square bombing, when the makeshift explosives packed into a Pakistani-American's truck failed to detonate. But at what cost in lost liberty and dollars? Civil libertarians fear the era of surveillance and circumspection could become...

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