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In this probing critique of aviation security since 9/11, Andrew R. Thomas, a globally recognized aviation security expert, examines the recent overhaul of the national aviation security system.
Despite the complete federal takeover of aviation security in November 2001, Thomas notes many continuing problems, including: millions of passenger bags that are still not screened or matched; the unresolved problem of air rage and unruly passenger behavior; the "forgotten chasm" of air cargo, which remains largely unchecked due to inadequate resources; and lax standards, the hiring of high-risk employees, and the failure to secure critical areas in many of our nation's airports.
Thomas also considers many of the proposed solutions to these vulnerabilities: biometrics, profiling, air marshals, bomb-detection devices, and smart technology that links reservations systems to private and government databases. How practical are these proposals? Will they work? What will they cost? How much time will be needed to implement any or all of them? In light of the restructuring of airline security, what new roles will be played by the airline industry, government, airports, and the Transportation Security Administration? Thomas's thorough analysis and command of all the facts create an enlightening overview of the airline security dilemma and its numerous formidable challenges.
Finally, he considers the future, outlining a strategic approach for government and industry to meet new and existing threats while continuing to serve the public in an efficient manner.
|Pt. 1||Set Up to Fail|
|Ch. 1||How Could This Have Happened?||13|
|Ch. 2||The Culture of Compromise||41|
|Ch. 3||The Great Bailout||67|
|Ch. 4||The Aviation Security Response to 9/11||81|
|Ch. 5||The Business of Aviation and the New Security Regimen||93|
|Ch. 6||Concerns about the New Aviation Security System||103|
|Pt. 2||A New Set of Eyes|
|Ch. 7||Risk Analysis and Aviation Security||123|
|Ch. 8||Aviation and Violence||139|
|Ch. 9||Vulnerabilities of the Aviation Security System||165|
|Ch. 10||Aviation Security Measures||181|
|Ch. 11||Making Sense of It All||201|
|App||Key Aviation Security Documents||217|
|Aviation Insecurity Newsletter||263|
Posted December 12, 2003
The author has hit a home run with this insightful book on a topic that impacts us all. I was really blown away by the detailed accounts of the people who predicted the events of 9/11 many months and even years before that horrible day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2003
This book jumped out at me as thorough and provoking. It helped to bring all of the headlines about airport security into focus. I wish the people running our government would read this important work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2003
Thomas has done a superb job detailing the history of aviation security. Great research and attention to detail show how aviation security is still more of a political issue than a national security concern. It is incredible that even after 9/11, we are still not as safe as we can and should be. A wake-up call to America.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.