Airport and Aviation Security: U.S. Policy and Strategy in by Bartholomew Elias

By Bartholomew Elias

The reaction of the U.S. federal executive to the occasions of September eleven, 2001 has mirrored the problem of impressive a stability among enforcing safety features to discourage terrorist assaults whereas even as restricting disruption to air trade. Airport and Aviation protection: U.S. coverage and procedure within the Age of worldwide Terrorism is a complete reference that examines the chronic threats to aviation safety that led as much as the terrorist assaults of September eleventh, describes next terror plots opposed to aviation resources, and explores U.S. efforts to counter and mitigate those threats. Addressing the place of birth safety demanding situations dealing with the U.S. within the age of terrorism, this article explores: safeguard protocol ahead of Sept. 11 Precursors to September 11 The emerging risk of Al Qaeda Tactical and congressional reaction to 9-11, together with new laws the wider context of possibility evaluate Intelligence collecting Airport protection, together with passenger, luggage, and worker screening Airline in-flight security features Airport perimeter protection the specter of shoulder-fired missiles safety for GA (general aviation) operations and airports starting with a ancient backdrop describing the sunrise of the age of world terrorism within the Sixties and carrying on with up until eventually the current time, the publication demonstrates the extensive social and political context underlying fresh adjustments within the aviation defense approach as an immediate results of the Sept. 11 assaults. insurance examines ongoing threats and vulnerabilities to the aviation infrastructure, together with an exploration of ways prior terrorist incidents have come to form U.S. coverage and technique.

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Predominantly, these events were closely tied to the terrorist movement to gain recognition of Palestine as a free and independent state, civil unrest and violence in Lebanon, and continued strife between Arabs and Israelis. On July 23, 1968, terrorists belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked an El Al Boeing 707 flight in Rome, Italy. While the flight was destined for Tel Aviv, Israel the hijackers diverted the plane to Algiers, Algeria, a safe haven for Arab terrorists and hijackers, where the hostages were held until the end of August.

In August, the FAA issued a requirement that all profile selectees and all accompanying individuals flying with selected individuals be screened and their carry-on items searched prior to boarding. Despite these efforts, hijackings continued and turned more violent. Although all three of the hijackers in the November 10, 1972, hijacking were selected by profiling techniques and underwent handheld wand metal detection screening, they were somehow able to get their weapons past the screening checkpoint.

The hijacker became known in popular culture as D. B. Cooper, a reference to a person of interest living near the jump site, who was questioned early in the investigation but was quickly ruled out as a suspect. Whether the hijacker known as D. B. Cooper survived his escape and was ultimately successful, or perished when he jumped from the airplane, remains a mystery to this day. However, widespread media sensationalism gave this criminal a legend-like status and spurred others to follow suit. , a 29-yearold student and Vietnam veteran hijacked a United Airlines Boeing 727 on a flight from Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles, California.

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