Airport Security Essay 10

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New Airport Security Equipment and Techniques

Flight by humans is an unnatural occurrence that our species has mastered, or at least somewhat mastered. Within the aviation industry there are inherent risks that come with operating and or flying aboard an aircraft. The predominant risk that we are talking about unfortunately is death. Because of these risks the Federal Government and their agencies must take steps to minimize this from happening. The government agency delegated to do this is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA is responsible for a wide range of things such as monitoring all airlines for safe maintenance practices and monitoring all airports to ensure compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Previous attacks against airliners occurred overseas, but the World Trade Center bombing showed that terrorist activity had moved across the Atlantic Ocean.

From 1975, to the mid 1980's, 1375 deaths occurred due to suspected terrorist actions. There are two recent incidents, which seem to have refocused everyone's attention, to include the governments of many nations, back on the issue of security. The first major incident occurred on December 21, 1988. That's when numerous potential holes in the airport safety net were identified after a plastic explosive hidden by terrorists inside a radio cassette player destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This caused the deaths of all 270 passengers and crewmembers on board. This incident caused great attention to be focused on airport security, with the United States alone doubling airline security cost from $500 million to almost $1 billion per year.

Until recently, the FAA has usually taken steps to improve air safety as a reaction to a hijacking or a bombing. Today, the government says it's planning ahead, for example, developing ways for airlines to deal with hijackers armed with chemical or biological weapons. In the meantime, the FAA hopes that...
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