How Safe Are Our Skies?: Assessing the Airlines' Response to Terrorism

How Safe Are Our Skies?: Assessing the Airlines' Response to Terrorism

by Rodney Wallis
     
 

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The September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon raised numerous questions about American and international aviation security. Former Director of Security of the International Air Transport Association Rodney Wallis suggests that the failure to maximize U.S. domestic air security, which left air travelers vulnerable to attack, lay largely

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The September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon raised numerous questions about American and international aviation security. Former Director of Security of the International Air Transport Association Rodney Wallis suggests that the failure to maximize U.S. domestic air security, which left air travelers vulnerable to attack, lay largely with the carriers themselves. He contends that future policies should parallel the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Wallis considers the Aviation and Transportation Security Act adopted by the U.S. Congress in the wake of September 11 and offers a modus operandi to the FAA that would enable them to maximize the benefits this legislation provides to air travelers.

This important work reviews past government reactions to the threat posed by air terrorism and questions whether these were effective responses or merely window dressing. It also includes practical advice for air travelers on how to maximize their own security when flying on international routes by monitoring airport and airline security for themselves.

Editorial Reviews

The Bookwatch
Takes a hard and informative look at how safe it really is to fly in this modern day and age...How Safe Are Our Skies? is especially and particularly recommended reading for anyone concerned with the impact of contemporary air travel conditions, and especially for those frequent flyers genuinely concerned about the present and forseeable risks of domestic and international air travel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275978471
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1250L (what's this?)

What People are saying about this

Paul Sheppard
"With more than 40 years experience in the management of civil aviation, Rodney Wallis is well placed to analyze the safety of today's aviation scene. His book assesses civil air transport's vulnerability to airborne terrorism in general and that of the U.S. in particular post September 11. It will prove a valuable read to anyone connected with air transportation whether they are industry administrators or simply occasional airline passengers."--(Paul Sheppard, Director of Civil Aviation Security, Canada, 1979)

Meet the Author

RODNEY WALLIS led the international airline industry's effort to combat terrorism aimed against international civil aviation for eleven years (1980-1991). As Director of Security of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), he served on ICAO's Panel of Aviation Security Experts. He provided liaison between the international airlines and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on security matters. He made input to two U.S. presidential commissions studying airborne terrorism; appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; gave evidence to the Indian Judicial Inquiry into the loss of an Air-India Boeing 747 to a terrorist bomb; has appeared before committees of both houses of the Canadian Parliament and before the UK's Parliamentary and Scientific Committee at the Palace of Westminster.

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