Date of Defense

Fall 12-7-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)


Sociology and Criminal Justice


Ever since September 11 2011, the United States government has taken steps to significantly reduce the level of risk that the country is exposed too. Since the attacks involved a coordinated act of terrorism involving aviation instruments, several changes have been made especially in the aviation sector. This paper focuses on the changes that have been made regarding aviation security before and after the 9/11 attack. Afterward, the function of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its effectiveness will be evaluated. Details of the policies and programs implemented by the TSA are considered to establish some improvements that can be made to for the overall effectiveness of the agency. The countries considered to have the best levels of airport security are those that have solved their issues and tailored their solutions according to the particular problems that they face.