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 7: Aviation security in the USA

Joseph S. Szyliowicz


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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