Anyone who has been to an airport in the last few years knows that there are a lot of rules: Take off your shoes. Put your lip balm in a plastic bag. Get that computer out of your bag!
NPR's Brian Naylor reported today on whether these measures actually make flying any safer. But whether or not the "millimeter wave whole body imager" is truly effective, I think it's safe to say many of the enhancements to airport security that were made since 1985 do benefit travelers. Take for instance the fact that the baggage under the aircraft is now actually screened which was not true back then, as you'll hear in this report by Wendy Kaufman:
from June 24, 1985 All Things Considered