Commercial Aviation Safety Argumentative Essay by Nicky

An overview of commercial aviation safety in the age of global terrorism.
# 150729 | 2,320 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2012 in Political Science (Terrorism) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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This paper discusses how undoubtedly, commercial aviation is much safer than it was prior to 2001 and how the increased focus on counterterrorism and homeland security has improved public safety in general and commercial aviation security in particular. The paper futher examines how until now, the federal government has demonstrated a schizophrenic approach to aviation security, undermining genuinely effective security measures out of concern with the political consequences of applying common sense to passenger screening protocols while ignoring more significant vulnerabilities. The paper also argues that instead of a purposely random element imposed on airport passenger screening, what is required to protect domestic aviation is implementation of the techniques used for decades by the Israeli security services to protect El-Al, the national airline of Israel, a nation profoundly at risk of terrorism since the 1960s.

Conceptual Issues
In-Flight Security
Airport Security
Recommendations and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"By far, the most important, effective, and economical security measures implemented after 9/11 was the reinforcement of cockpit doors on all commercial aircraft in conjunction with security protocols forbidding certain passenger movement in flight (Larsen, 2007; Sperry, 2003). Together with pilot training to maintain a sterile flight deck under all circumstances and to avoid opening the cockpit door no matter what was transpiring in the passenger cabin, the reinforced cockpit doors effectively eliminated any risk that another group of hijackers could ever commandeer a passenger aircraft for use in the same manner as the 9/11 hijackers.
"With respect to that particular concern, no other measures were justified (Larsen, 2007), notwithstanding the fact that they did not address the risk of terrorists destroying an aircraft such as by the use of explosives. Specifically, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations implemented after 9/11 prohibited passengers in the vicinity of the flight deck (typically, the first-class section) from standing up anytime the cockpit door is opened, such as when pilots use the lavatory. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Dyer, C., McCoy, R., Rodriguez, J., Van Duyn, D. "Countering Violent Islamic Extremism" The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; Vol. 76 No. 12: 3-9 (2007).
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Cite this Argumentative Essay:

APA Format

Commercial Aviation Safety (2012, March 31) Retrieved September 30, 2023, from

MLA Format

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