NROP: Airport automation – a matter of convenience or surveillance?

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There was a time when people could accompany you to the entrance of the plane before having to turn around and leave. The 9/11 terror attack in New York had airports reinvent a bunch of processes that were not really thought about in the past. We no longer could help our elderly family members with their heavier carry-on luggage once they got into the security line. Nowadays, many airports no longer feature restaurants/bars before security check-points. We used to enjoy having one last beer before saying ‘Goodbye’ to someone we might not see for a very long time, but now we cannot do that. It might be because air travel has become such a ‘normal’ thing that people are no longer escorted to airports by their entire families. While I do not mind traveling alone, I feel for those who hate being away from their loved ones longer than they…

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