PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There has been much debate about the use of full body scanners and pat downs at airport security in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Kenny Knacke is a policeman from Baltimore who lost his brother on Flight 93. He’s back in Pittsburgh raising money for the Flight 93 memorial and sorely misses the phone calls he used to get from his brother Joey.
“You would get them out of the blue. I worked shift work. He always worked day work. He would call up out of the blue just to say, ‘I’m thinking of you, I miss you, I love you’ — and pick on you. Those are the things you miss the most, the little things,” Kenny said.
It pains him when people complain about full body scanners at airports.
He isn’t talking necessarily about individual freedoms. Knacke says that in a city as big as Pittsburgh, we are dealing with each and every person.
“Our safety comes first because I’ll tell you; you don’t want to be in my position. You don’t want to one day something tragic happen and your loved one was there, and finding there was a way to prevent it. This is just one of the small steps that we need to take to prevent the bigger tragedy,” he said.
As the Steelers reach out to help build the monument in Shanksville,
Knacke says we must build security for the next generation.
“We need to look into the future. You can’t have hindsight. You can’t be narrow-minded and look just for today. You have to look ahead and look to see how we can prevent something like this from happening again.”