AirlineSecurity – Singapore Airlines
AirlineSecurity – Singapore Airlines
Thetragic events of 11thSeptember 2001 shook the whole world and specifically the aviationindustry. Terrorists hijacked an American airplane and attacked thepeople. These acts called the whole world to take up extraordinarycare to ensure such tragedies would never happen again. In the paper,I will analyze two articles that present the changes that have takenplace since this tragic attack. The articles are “GeneralRestrictions Singapore Airlines” and “Singapore One of FewCountries using Interpol Database”.
Fromthese articles, it is clear that Singapore took a great deal intoheightening the security of air transport. Some of the changes takenby Singapore to enhance its airline security included:
Improvementon Aircraft Security
Fromthe 9/11 attack, Singapore was able to learn some lessons. It learnedthat the terrorists were able to access the cockpit from where theycommanded the pilots. As such, Singapore embarked on measures to makethe cockpits more secure and inaccessible to unauthorized persons. Tothis effect, most of the aircraft in Singapore have cockpits withdoors reinforced with bulletproof materials and locks to ensure nounauthorized persons access it (Dsouza, 2011). Additionally, theaircraft have CCTV cameras installed in them to allow the pilots tomonitor the activities within the cabin. This makes it possible andfor them to highlight suspicious activity and efficiently take theright course of action.
Improvementon Security Scanning and Checks
TodaySingapore is one of a small number of countries that verify visitor’spassport against the Interpol’s database of lost, missing or stolentravel documents. In any case, the travel documents are found to beon the Interpol’s database the immigration officer isautomatically alerted, and the traveler is asked out from thepassengers` queue for further scrutiny. The airports are also underconstant surveillance by the airport police as well as airport-widecameras that have been installed (Rosenberg, 2012). On a personallevel, the passengers are screened to ensure they are not carryingdangerous weapons. An emphasis is also made in verifying that personswho take the baggage for screening are the same individuals who boardthe plane, limiting the chances of a conspiracy among the passengers.
EnhancedInter-government Agencies Cooperation
Singaporehas come up with a viable approach that enhances quality and strictsecurity measures without inconveniencing the passengers. Toefficiently execute all these actions, the airports in Singapore workin close collaboration with all the relevant agencies. These includethe airport authority and the civil aviation authority of Singapore.This ensures that quality intelligence is shared across the variousorganizations thus making it effective and efficient (Rosenberg,2012).
FromMay 8th,2007, the airport authority of Singapore restricted the amountliquids on board to 100ml cap. This restriction was enacted followingthe transatlantic aircraft plot of 2016. Since then the travelers areadvised to check in liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100mlfailure to which they are impounded by the airport security (Dsouza,2011). Once confiscated the airport security posts them back to theowners. Also as a general practice any prohibited items or materialsthat the airport security deem dangerous are also impounded, and theowner is compelled to post them back (Price & Forrest, 2012).
Theevents of 9/11 were catastrophic acts of terror. However, they servedas the much-needed wake-up call for the aviation industry not only tothe United States but also to the whole world. It brought about theneed to reconstruct the airports and to put measures in place thatwill enhance the security of the passengers as well as theirdestinations. They also brought an air of understanding among theimpatient passengers who before 9/11 felt that the long queues in theairports going through security screening as a waste of time. Todayairports are one of the most secured places in most of the countries(Rosenberg, 2012).
Dsouza.H. (2011, November 17). 9/11 and the Current Indian Domestic AviationCrisis. The Aviation Industry after 9/11. Retrieved fromhttp://www.eturbonews.com/26408/911-and-current-indian-domestic-aviation-crisis
Generalrestrictions Singapore airlines Retrieved fromhttps://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwiSoZDj3JPPAhVHIsAKHcEGCAsQFggeMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.singaporeair.com%2Fen_UK%2Fus%2Ftravel-info%2Fbaggage%2Fbaggage-restrictions%2F&usg=AFQjCNHeYiCWBE4TUFBXCivbyImzcGMxrg&sig2=eRqbcFV_nSRjhTQZ4vhZ3w.
Price,J., & Forrest, J. (2012). Practical Aviation Security: Predictingand Preventing Future Threats. Burlington: Elsevier Science.
Rosenberg,S. (2012). Traveler`s guide to personal security. Bloomington, IN:iUniverse Inc.
Singaporeone of few countries using Interpol database Retrieved fromhttp://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-one-of-few-countries-using-interpol-database.