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 6: The challenge of air cargo security

Douglas Brittin


Chapter 6 considers air cargo security; a branch of the aviation industry that confronts unique challenges as the industry seeks to achieve a high level of protection while maintaining good business practices. Air cargo is a vast and growing sector that transports a wide range of products, including some that are classified as ‘dangerous goods’, in a variety of different models, each of which presents its own security challenges. In each, numerous actors are involved ranging from shippers to freight forwarders to the transportation companies. Security has always been a challenge to the industry because of criminal activities but in recent decades the terrorist threat has led to the development of new security processes and regulations, which, given the nature of the supply chains, require common global practices and objectives. Achieving a high level of security in this environment requires the resolution of numerous complex operational issues.

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