September 28, 2012 | Huffington Post
By Bill de Blasio
Billions of dollars spent at our airports since 9/11 have bought many of us peace of mind when we fly. We consent to the x-rayed bags, the metal detectors, the undoing of belts, the removing of shoes, and even the infamous pat-down -- all because they contribute to our collective sense of safety.
But peace of mind is no substitute for real security.
The Port Authority does an admirable job protecting our airports and our shipping. Since 9/11, the agency has done New Yorkers a true service, facing an enormous challenge without all the resources it needs. And after these latest breeches it was quick to promise full investigations. But there is another front -- often out of sight from passengers and the media -- that is putting the safety of air travelers at risk.