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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591020745
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew R. Thomas (Brecksville, OH), coauthor of Air Rage: Crisis in the Skies, is a global business expert, aviation security analyst, and author. He is a frequent contributor to the Fox News Channel and has appeared on more than 150 television and radio programs across the country, including The O'Reilly Factor, On the Record with Greta van Susteren, and Court TV. He currently serves on the graduate faculties of Cleveland State University and Myers University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
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
Afterword 213
App Key Aviation Security Documents 217
Notes 245
Index 259
Aviation Insecurity Newsletter 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Solid, comprehensive analysis

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    A tremendous analysis

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    Finally the Real Story!

    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.

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