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Airport, Aircraft, and Airline Security, 2d ed.

Airport, Aircraft, and Airline Security is an excellent primer for individuals who are new to airline or airport security. The book describes in detail the diversity of airline security, which encompasses terrorism, drug trafficking, fraud, and theft. The chapter on general aviation security is good and should also be helpful to nonairline corporate security personnel.

The book does, how ever, contain some contradictions and has not been updated fully since the first edition was published in 1976.

For example, on page 30 Moore asserts that, "The US military action against Libya in March 1986 seems to have been highly effective in cooling down Colonel Khadafi," while on page 34 he writes, "Evidence has now been put forth which shows that the bombing [of Pan Am flight 103] was carried out by Libya's intelligence in revenge for the 1986 US bombing of Tripoli."

The passages regarding the President's Commission on Aviation Security and the Aviation Security Act of 1990, while comprehensive, fail to provide information relating to new technology under development for the detection of explosives. This is rapidly becoming a key ingredient in the industry's ability to detect explosive devices placed in passenger luggage and in cargo shipments.

The chapter on metal detectors is detailed and informative. However, no mention is made of the recent changes in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations pertaining to airport magnetometers under the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, which requires state-of-the-art metal detectors at airport security checkpoints.

The comments relating to drug trafficking seizures involving US and foreign carriers describe incidents that occurred from 1973 through 1985. As a result of legislation passed in 1986, the US Customs Service has imposed penalties on US and foreign carriers in excess of $1 million combined with aircraft seizures.

While Moore describes the recent FAA requirement for the establishment of a computerized access control system for all major US airports and provides the FAA estimated cost of 169.9 million, he does not mention the more accurate airline and airport cost estimates of $1.3 billion for the entire system.

Airport, Aircraft, and Airline Security is a well-organized book that clearly defines the issues and problems of airline security. However, portions of the book need to be updated.
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Author:Boynton, Homer A.
Publication:Security Management
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1992
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