As the issue of cosmic radiation hits the aviation news headlines again, crew members are understandably expressing their concern as to the potential damage this can do to their health. With reports emanating from Iceland indicating that aircrew may already be at a greater risk of developing cancer than the general population, small wonder they are apprehensive about their bodies being subjected to X-ray screening for security purposes before they even board. Philip Baum sets out to reassure us that the health risks are probably negligible…but that we might want to think twice about what we wear beneath our uniforms!
Self-Service check-in is becoming increasingly available to passengers when they travel. However, by allowing passengers to ‘check themselves in’, airport authorities, and indeed, airlines, are losing some control over those passengers. Philip Baum looks at the security implications of such systems.
When 19 men hijacked four different jets on September 11th and flew them into densely populated areas, the aviation security industry was turned on its head. For years there has been an ever-increasing level of threat denial by airlines and an over reliance on technologies that would only be able to assist in the identification of certain hazardous items. By September 12th, the question was how to prevent the next suicidal hijacker. Solutions mooted were numerous and one of the most controversial was the possibility of deploying sky marshal on each and every flight. Philip Baum looks at this last line of defence.
It was an event that altered the history of the world. An event, so shocking and lacking in reason, that relatively few of the billions of people inhabiting planet Earth have failed to witness the constantly replayed television images. An event that demonstrated the depths to which members of the human race can sink. An event that will, no doubt, change the way we view the world and function within it. The security implications for the aviation industry must now be considered.