26 May Recent Aviation Security Breaches
An article by Business Insider discusses how “the number one killer of airport security — basic lapses in individual human judgment” has led to several potentially catastrophic security breaches over the years. The article specifically discusses such security breaches from 2001 to 2011, a period which saw billons of dollars invested into aviation security following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Below are some of the examples cited by the report:
- On December 22nd, 2001, a British-born Al-Qaeda operative named Richard Reid attempted to detonate plastic explosives, that had been fitted to his shoes, which had successfully been brought onto an aircraft. This incident led to the “shoe removal” requirement at airport security.
- On December 25th, 2009, a man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — now known un-affectionately as the “underwear bomber” — was able to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with an explosive device sewn into his underwear. Farouk was allegedly able to board the flight without a passport,
Incidents like these illustrate how the potential for human error within established security systems will always be an unavoidable danger in the world of aviation security.
Incidents like these illustrate the vulnerabilities of civilian aviation security systems. CASI provides corporate flight departments with dedicated and trusted professional security required for worldwide flight operations to help mitigate aviation security threats.