Air Transport Security
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Air Transport Security

Issues, Challenges and National Policies

Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz and Luca Zamparini

The growing number of terrorist attacks throughout the world continues to turn the interest of scholars and governments towards security issues. As part of the Comparative Perspectives on Transportation Security series, this book provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the security challenges confronting air transportation. The first part encompasses the industry’s characteristics and the policy, economic and regulatory issues shaping the security environment. The second provides a comparative analysis of security policies and practices in several key countries.
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Chapter 2: The policy dimensions of air transport

Joseph S. Szyliowicz


Chapter 2 examines the public policy dimensions that impact aviation and the security issues involved. These can be considered at three levels, the national, the international, and the regional. Essentially, the policy adopted by a state can be analyzed along two dimensions, the particular issue area and the policy instrument that is applied. Thus, the choices that states make in defining and prioritizing their aviation issues and in selecting particular instruments will vary. And, though all consider aviation security an important topic, the specific measures that are adopted depend upon such factors as international requirements, the nature of the political system, and relations with industry. Such considerations also influence developments at the international level which has witnessed the growth and expansion of a large body of international agreements and conventions. Though these play an important role in safeguarding aviation, issues of application and implementation sometimes continue to pose difficult challenges.

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