Tighter security measures only minor inconvenience

Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2004

Seconds. That's the amount of time it takes for foreign visitors to the United States to undergo tighter security measures. ...

Critics contend the tighter security will discourage foreigners from visiting the United States or make them feel unwelcome here. Hogwash.

Seconds. It's no major inconvenience. It doesn't even remotely send out the message that America doesn't want law-abiding visitors from around the world to travel to the United States.

Foreign visitors with nothing to hide won't mind the few seconds it takes to undergo the security measures. Most, if not all, of them will welcome it. After all, it will make the United States a safer place for them to visit, too. ...

We Americans and the rest of the world must be resigned to the fact that waiting lines at checkpoints and reasonable, added security measures are here to stay. They are aimed at making us safer. We may be inconvenienced, but it's worth the wait.

The Express-Times, Easton, Pa.

Jan. 6

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