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ABC 7 Eyewitness News Story on the Evolution of Airport Security After 9/11

By Nico Melendez

This month marks the 21st year after the September 11th terror attacks in 2001. Airport security has changed drastically since then. By now, it might seem normal for all bags to be checked. Still, before September 11th, 2002, only 3% of bags were checked for explosives or other potentially dangerous materials. Now 100% of bags are checked at all airports nationwide.


Former TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez works to educate citizens on the importance of the national See Something Say Something campaign, which calls for people to speak up when something is suspicious or out of the ordinary, either in person or online.


Alberto Martinez with Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) states that social media and the internet are being utilized in new ways and could put the public at risk. Avoid clicking on any malicious or suspicious links you may find online and share that information so it may be reported and taken care of before someone becomes a victim of a cyber attack.

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