Airport Security: The Israeli Way Term Paper by Writer83

A discussion on airport security, with a focus on the security procedures of the Israeli airline, El Al.
# 150962 | 1,915 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | PK
Published on May 15, 2012 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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The paper discusses the airport as a symbolic stage for both domestic protest and international grievance, and argues that Western governments must make airport security a key element in their battle against terrorism. The paper looks at the evolution of airport security since 1974 and then focuses on the Israeli system of security that has allowed the Israeli airline, El Al, to be considered the safest airline in the world. The paper discusses the five main elements of El Al security and considers why other airlines have neglected to implement these measures fully.

The Evolution of Airport Security Since 1974
The Israeli System of Security

From the Paper:

"For the past two decades the Western civil aviation industry has been subjected to a calculated campaign of terror from terrorist groups around the world. Western planes have been attacked and bombed. Ground-to-air missiles have been fired at commercial aircraft. Airports and ticket counters have been attacked, and even airline offices have not been spared in terrorist attempts to intimidate governments and prevent the Western public from flying. Although terrorism directed at the civil aviation industry comprises only a small percentage of terrorist incidents worldwide, a successful attack produces the results most desired by a terrorist organization--mass publicity and chaos within the system. It is primarily for this reason that Western governments ought to make airport security a key element in their battle against terrorism.
"In the past 20 years the airport has become a highly symbolic and politically significant place. Terrorists, criminals, and even the emotionally unstable have undertaken acts of violence at airports to make statements of one kind or another. Airports are vulnerable, difficult to defend against attacks, and visited by millions of people daily. Any kind of attack is sure to attract immediate attention from governments and the media. Terrorists simply cannot leave airports alone; nor does it make sense to do so, since they are the weak point in Western defenses."

Sample of Sources Used:

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