Airport Security Analysis

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Airport Security The title of the article I chose for this assignment is, “Passenger Screening Policies Are Effective, Safe, and Respectful of Privacy”. The author of this article is John S. Pistole and it was published by Greenhaven Press in 2013. The conclusion of the article, according to John Pistole, is passenger screening policies are effective, safe and respectful of people 's privacy. John Pistole argues that passenger screenings are necessary in order to maintain a safe environment at the airport. To begin, the Transportation Security Administration protects commuting Americans from the dangers of terrorism. Since 2001, and the tragedy that followed, the passenger security policies have advanced immensely. The TSA has improved …show more content…
John Pistole believes that before the tragic event of 2001, airport security did not practice safe procedures in order to prevent attacks such as 9/11. However, according to Charles Mann, airport security policies are ineffective and overpriced. Charles Mann is the author of “Airport Security Measures Are Ineffective and Overpriced” and he is a journalist and an author. Charles Mann explains that the procedures conducted by the airport security are just props for people to seem like they are safe, however, he believes the policies are doing nothing to keep Americans safe. Charles Mann also believes that the TSA follows useless procedures. He did research on his own and boarded a plane with a false boarding pass. The TSA examined his pass and swabbed it to test for explosives. Charles Mann explains, “The uselessness of the swab, in his view, exemplifies why Americans should dismiss the TSA 's frequent claim that it relies on "multiple levels" of security”(Mann 2013). Charles Mann is not a biased author because he has no expertise on the subject of airport …show more content…
Many American adults are affected by airport security and both males and females are included. I believe John Pistole’s goal is to inform adults the importance of having the TSA’s policies at the airport. He persuades his audience to agree with his argument by providing facts and statistics to support his argument, this is the use of logos. John also uses the appeal of pathos in his argument. For example, he uses the 9/11 event to help persuade the reader. I believe the type of audience Pistole intended to reach, is a resistant and neutral one. Pistole wanted to inform people and persuade people, such as Charles Mann, of the advantages of airport security procedures. One fallacy that I noticed in this article, is the emotional fallacy of scare tactics. Pistole uses the 9/11 event to scare the reader into favoring his argument. All in all, John Pistole formed a great argument and used different techniques to persuade the viewer. He supported his claims with reasonable statistics as well. This article was rather persuasive and informing. Besides the minor use of an emotional fallacy, this argument seems to be a valid

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