The September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon raised numerous questions about American and international aviation security. Former Director of Security of the International Air Transport Association Rodney Wallis suggests that the failure to maximize U.S. domestic air security, which left air travelers vulnerable to attack, lay largely with the carriers themselves. He contends that future policies should parallel the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Wallis considers the Aviation and Transportation Security Act adopted by the U.S. Congress in the wake of September 11 and offers a modus operandi to the FAA that would enable them to maximize the benefits this legislation provides to air travelers.
This important work reviews past government reactions to the threat posed by air terrorism and questions whether these were effective responses or merely window dressing. It also includes practical advice for air travelers on how to maximize their own security when flying on international routes by monitoring airport and airline security for themselves.
About the Author:
RODNEY WALLIS led the international airline industry's effort to combat terrorism aimed against international civil aviation for eleven years (1980-1991). As Director of Security of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), he served on ICAO's Panel of Aviation Security Experts. He provided liaison between the international airlines and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on security matters. He made input to two U.S. presidential commissions studying airborne terrorism
peared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives
ve evidence to the Indian Judicial Inquiry into the loss of an Air-India Boeing 747 to a terrorist bomb
s appeared before committees of both houses of the Canadian Parliament and before the UK's Parliamentary and Scientific Committee at the Palace of Westminster.