How Safe Are Our Skies? Assessing the Airlines' Response to Terrorism

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CHAPTER 9

Minimizing the Risk for Business and Holiday Fliers

As everyone connected with the airline industry is keen to point out, flying on a commercial aircraft is safer than driving one’s car. In the opening chapter of this book, notables, including American presidents and vice presidents, have been quoted to underline this fact. Yet terrorist incidents do happen. However, these have to be seen in the context of the many hundreds of airlines operating to and from the many thousands of airports scattered around the world providing hundreds of millions of air journeys every year. Between the loss of Pan Am’s Maid of the Seas over Lockerbie in 1988 and the attacks on the World Trade Center and other targets in 2001, there were no terrorist incidents affecting U.S. aircraft. This text has shown that had Pan Am applied mandated FAA rules, Lockerbie would not have happened. Had international security performance standards been applied to U.S. domestic services, the al-Qa’eda assaults might not have succeeded. Even so, nervous air travelers contemplating a journey on a commercial airliner will still want to have their fears assuaged. A good consultant at any travel agency will be able to help to a point. Carefully reading quality newspapers in print or via the Internet will keep potential travelers abreast of geopolitical events around the world. Most Western governments have an information bureau that includes an advice service for those planning to travel

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