Issues, Challenges and National Policies
Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz and Luca Zamparini
Chapter 7: Aviation security in the USA
Chapter 7 discusses aviation security in the USA. The US did not accord adequate attention to safeguarding its extensive aviation system prior to 9/11 but it then moved vigorously to confront the security challenge. It adopted various new policies, rules, and regulations that established a new structure and adopted policies that were designed to ensure that passengers could fly safely, that cargo would be secure and that general aviation facilities would also be adequately protected. As part of this effort, it has played an important role in attempting to ensure that its security standards applied beyond its borders. Nevertheless, the analysis reveals that despite all these efforts, all parts of its aviation system – passengers, cargo, and general aviation – still contain various shortcomings.
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