Securing Commercial Air Travel Term Paper by Nicky

Securing Commercial Air Travel
A discussion on current measures to ensure the safety of air travel.
# 146971 | 2,154 words | 14 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2011 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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This paper discusses the reasons that airline security has been compromised over the years, explaining the changes that have been made since the 9/11 terrorist attack. It looks at some of the flaws that still exist as well as the technological advances that have been made. The paper finishes with a look at the future of air travel.

Commercial Air Travel Security Prior to 9/11
Security Lapses on 9/11
Changes in Airline Security Post September 11
Flaws in the Outlined Airline Security Measures
Congress and Air Security
Future of Air Travel:

From the Paper:

''Security Checks: Commercial airline security was quite lax prior to 9/11. Security checks were minimal both for passengers as well as cabin crew members. Passengers were asked to show their ID during check in and were asked merely two questions. These questions included whether the passengers had packed their own bags and whether they had seen their bags outside their control. Passengers were permitted to carry certain sharp objects on the plane like sharp scissors, pen knives and box cutters. The checking of shoes with a metal detector was rare. Passengers could arrive at the airport minutes before the flight without having to bother about delays resulting from security checks. (Hulnick, 2004); ("Airport security before 9/11", n. d.)
''It was common for friends and family members to accompany passengers to the gate to see them off. It was not mandatory for crew members to display their IDs and they were permitted to directly board the planes. They were not allowed to carry any kind of weapons on board. The cockpit doors used in some of the planes were weak and could be broken into. Passengers were permitted to use the toilet which was in close proximity to the cockpit. Airlines allowed the attendants to use sharp objects for cutting up food and also served hot food on cross-country trips. Many airlines did not bother to scan each and every bit of luggage that went aboard. The use of air marshals was quite common in the seventies. However, with a reduction in the threat perception this practice was discontinued. (Hulnick, 2004); ("Airport security before 9/11", n. d.)''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Airline Pilots' Security Alliance. (2004) "The Cockpit Security Technical Corrections and Improvements Act of 2004: Protecting our Passengers and our Nation from Air Piracy & Terrorism" Retrieved 26 March, 2009 from
  • Blalock, Garrick; Kadiyali, Vrinda; Simon, Daniel H. (2005) "The Impact of Post 9/11 Airport Security Measures on the Demand for Air Travel" Retrieved 26 March, 2009 from
  • Boehmer, Ja. (2005) "Trusted Traveler to Fly: TSA approves nation-wide, fee-based federal/private program" Retrieved 26 March, 2009
  • Committee on Houseland Security. (2007) "Promise of Registered Traveler: Hearing" DIANE Publishing.
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center. (2003) "Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives - September 2003 AIRPORT PASSENGER SCREENING - Preliminary Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Remaining" Retrieved 26 March, 2009 from

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