Passengers, luggage, cargo, flight crews, ground crews, catering staff -- a terrorist has a number of avenues for sneaking a bomb or a weapon on board a commercial aircraft. How can we protect ourselves from these threats? How can we screen people and packages while minimizing disruption to aviation's round-the-clock schedule?
Commercial Aviation Security examines technologies for detecting explosives and weapons and offers recommendations to assist decisionmakers as they tackle the critical problem of preventing terrorist attacks against commercial aviation. It includes details on:
-- Security technologies, including methods for detecting bulk and sheet explosives, chemical vapor screening for detecting trace explosives, and magnetic portals for weapons detection.
-- Selecting, training, testing, maintaining, and reviewing the performance of security screening personnel and, most important, integrating human operators into total security systems.
-- Issues in equipment deployment at airports, including the balance between encouraging technology innovation and ensuring the peak performance of deployed equipment.