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Aviation Security

Aviation Security: After Four Decades, It's Time for a Fundamental Review

Brian Michael Jenkins
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 12
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    Aviation Security
    Book Description:

    While security budgets shrink, passenger loads grow, and hostility towards security procedures increases, terrorist groups such as al Qaeda remain obsessed with attacking airplanes. In the face of these challenges and real, innovative threats, the author proposes a mechanism for conducting an independent re-examination of the strategy behind current aviation security policies and procedures—before disaster strikes.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-7735-6
    Subjects: Transportation Studies, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[i])
  2. Aviation Security After Four Decades, It’s Time for a Fundamental Review
    (pp. 1-10)
    Brian Michael Jenkins

    The recovery earlier this year of a new, improved bomb designed to avoid detection by airport security underscores terrorists’ continuing determination to bring down commercial airliners. Like the bomb carried by Umar Abdulmutallab in his unsuccessful attempt to sabotage an airliner in 2009, the new device designed by al Qaeda’s bomb-maker was intended to be concealed in the saboteur’s underwear. The device was obtained by an intelligence operative who managed to persuade his al Qaeda handlers that he was ready to carry out that suicide mission. While it is necessary to investigate possible ways to counter this latest terrorist innovation,...