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Friday, 8th September 2006

Aviation Security, Five Years After the 9/11 Attacks

Aviation Security, Five Years After the 9/11 Attacks (PDF; 47 KB)
Source: Air Line Pilots Association
From press release:

ALPA’s analysis revealed gaps in the current security system, including the need to:

• Implement individual risk assessment
The government’s heavy emphasis on the detection of possible threat objects, with less attention given to the detection of those with destructive intent, leaves aviation vulnerable to future attacks.

• Improve identity verification and access controls
Effective aviation security must verify the identity and employment status of those individuals who are granted access to airport secured areas and airliners—the current system could better use technology to become more efficient and accurate.

• Enhance cargo security
While the recently-released FAA Air Cargo Security Regulations final rule has improved the security of the air cargo supply chain, much work remains to be done to secure air cargo personnel, equipment, and operations.

• Put secondary cockpit barriers in place
Developing and deploying secondary cockpit barriers, both as retrofit devices and as standard equipment in future aircraft designs, will enhance the security of the flight deck.

• Continue to develop the Federal Flight Deck Officer program
The FFDO program has been a tremendous success in providing another reliable layer in airline security, but the need to enhance training, protocols and legal protections remains.

• Secure U.S. airport facilities
Perimeter security of air operations areas and terminal buildings must improve, especially at airports that service air freight operations.

• Focus on risk-based funding
Government and industry must assess the costs and benefits of any proposed countermeasure and allocate limited resources in the most effective way possible.


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