Lessons from the aviation Sector – post 10/8

27 September 2006  •  Author(s): Norman Shanks, Norman Shanks Associates International

On 10 August 2006, a plot intending to cause in-flight explosions on multiple aircraft leaving the UK to the US was foiled. Following this, it is reasonable to speculate on what the impact of such an attack might be on other modes of public transport. Lessons from the aviation sector could be used to protect public transport from such an attack or minimise the impact if such an event was attempted again.

Historically, governments and the aviation industry have responded to such attacks in a reactive manner. Only rarely do either group take a proactive approach. Why this should be is a case for a separate argument in itself. Suffice to say, the same reactive response is generally typical of all countries and of the majority of airports and airlines.

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