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 5: The role of the private sector for air transport security

Jeffrey Price


Chapter 5 discusses various areas of air transport security that involve the private sector. Corporations are normally employed because they are supposedly able to bring a higher degree of efficiency to various tasks than government agencies. The first dimensions that the chapter considers are security screening technologies and personnel. A close collaboration between private firms and public authorities has historically characterized the evolution of security screening technologies and apparels. The chapter also discusses the access control, identity management and airport perimeter security; activities that are deployed by private security contractors. Especially important, in this context, are the perimeter intrusion detection systems aimed at preventing the access of unauthorized personnel onto the airfield. The chapter then discusses the aircraft operator security technology. Finally, the intelligence dimension including interdiction and research to prevent security related episodes is considered.

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