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Video answers: How to design impenetrable airport security

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. There’s no evidence to suggest that the TSA have prevented a terrorist attack.
  2. ICAO doesn’t offer suggestions on how to secure an airport, instead it defines objectives without suggesting how to achieve those objectives.
  3. It means that a place may look secure when in reality it isn’t completely.
  4. Israel has the best airport security in the world.
  5. It’s different because it is based more on the human factor than on scanning equipment (although they still use this too).
  6. Cars are checked before getting to the airport, plain clothes officers move around the check-in area and even before people check-in they pass through in interview which will determine their risk level.
  7. Young Arab men travelling alone are the highest risk group.
  8. After bags are checked in they’re placed in a pressure chamber which simulates the pressure on board an aircraft at cruise altitudes, the idea is to set off any explosives designed to detonate when a place is in flight.
  9. Air marshals are put on every flight.
  10. Flares are deployed if an incoming missile is detected.
  11. That’s hard to measure as Ben Gurion airport only has 20 million passengers per year and doesn’t deal with the volume of some of the bigger international airports. Racial profiling could not be used in other airports around the world as it is illegal.
  12. The number of people travelling has declined by 6% since September 11th 2001.
  13. It’s hard to know, maybe airport security works by deterring terrorists instead of catching them.

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