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Airport and Aviation Security: U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Age of Global Terrorism
  • Bart Elias, Congressional Research Service


* Highlights key U.S. and global policies, statutes, and regulations on aviation security instituted since September 11th * Offers best practices for risk management and security procedures at airport facilities * Places aviation security and the threat of terrorist incidents in the larger context of national and Homeland Security strategy and planning * Provides the latest cargo security screening methods and requirements


The response of the U.S. federal government to the events of September 11, 2001 has reflected the challenge of striking a balance between implementing security measures to deter terrorist attacks while at the same time limiting disruption to air commerce. Airport and Aviation Security: U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Age of Global Terrorism is a comprehensive reference that examines the persistent threats to aviation security that led up to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, describes subsequent terror plots against aviation assets, and explores U.S. efforts to counter and mitigate these threats.

Addressing the homeland security challenges facing the U.S. in the age of terrorism, this text explores:

* Security protocol prior to 9/11 * Precursors to 9/11 * The rising threat of Al Qaeda * Tactical and congressional response to 9/11, including new legislation * The broader context of risk assessment * Intelligence gathering * Airport security, including passenger, baggage, and employee screening * Airline in-flight security measures * Airport perimeter security * The threat of shoulder-fired missiles * Security for GA (general aviation) operations and airports

Beginning with a historical backdrop describing the dawn of the age of global terrorism in the 1960s and continuing up until the present time, the book demonstrates the broad social and political context underlying recent changes in the aviation security system as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks. Coverage examines ongoing threats and vulnerabilities to the aviation infrastructure, including an exploration of how past terrorist incidents have come to shape U.S. policy and strategy.

  • aviation security,
  • airport security,
  • homeland security
Publication Date
CRC Press
Citation Information
Bart Elias. Airport and Aviation Security: U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Age of Global Terrorism. (2010)
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