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“Aviation Counter Terrorism and Operational Security: International Security and Counter Terrorism” by John Perdikaris, Manrico Erriu

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The fact that there have not been any major terrorist attacks at airports is not because of intense security measures. Despite these efforts, most of the security vulnerabilities are still in existence toady. With Governments being forced to cut spending, the cost of security is forced back onto the air carriers, which are then passed along to the consumer. Acts of terrorism can have an effect on the global or national economy. The Airline industry makes itself a logical target because it is there, it has to be accessible and it is essential to our being able to conduct business. Major improvements have been implemented in aviation security since September 11, but there is still additional work to be done. One hundred percent security in aviation is impossible as long as there is commitment to die on the part of the attacker. The best that can be achieved is to remove the easy options for an attack and then prepare our responders to counter the more difficult scenarios.Authors:John PerdikarisDr. Perdikaris is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario Canada. He has over 20 years of varied engineering and emergency management experience on a variety of projects, including acting as project manager. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and lecturer with the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

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