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Air Travel Changes Since 9/11

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The way we travel has changed drastically since the September 11th attacks.

"9/11 – we are still fighting the war on terrorism. I don't think 9/11 is just the attacks but what happened afterwards," said Sergeant First Class Rick Jorolemon.

Jorolemon just returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

He says he's ok with the changes in air travel since 9/11.

"I don't think it's an infringement on our freedoms or anything – if it's anything, it's a security measure to keep us safe in the long run," said Jorolemon.

The Fort Gordon soldier says he didn't travel a whole lot before 9/11, but says things at airports were different.

"People at that time could go to the gates with you," said Jorolemon.

Airlines had to monitor airport security before the attacks, but after 9/11, the government created the TSA to regulate air travel.

"I'm so used to it.  I think it's a good change. If it helps at all, I think it's a good change. It's inconvenient sometimes maybe," said Jorolemon.

That means longer wait times at airports, body scans, pat downs, and restrictions on what you can carry.

"I don't think it's a bad thing – if it helps our security and protects people, it's worth it," said Jorolemon.

Many travelers say taking of their belt or shoes or getting to the airport early is just a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Cockpit doors are also locked now and some flights even have air marshals.

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