Securing airplanes against terrorist attacks used to involve banning explosives and other dangerous substances from getting on board. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and other hijacking attempts have made aviation security more challenging. The shift in aviation security against terrorism has moved from simply banning substances to now making sure the wrong people do not get on board.


Technology Is The Solution For Aviation Security In The Fight Against Terrorism

How do you stop terrorists from boarding and taking over a plane? One way is to identify terrorists when they try to board and purchase tickets for flights. Biometrics is a highly effective tool that can be used by airport security to identify terrorists and other bad actors. This technology involves scanning a person’s fingerprints, eyes, and other unique biological features to identify who they really are.

Biometrics can be utilized to verify that a person is who they claim to be when purchasing airline tickets and attempting to board. The new technology can also be used to identify terrorists by comparing the biometric scans against FBA, CIA, and other international databases.

The threat of airplane hijackings is not the only threat facing the aviation industry today. Explosives can still bring down a plane. Technology can be used in this arena as well. 3D scanning technology has now been implemented in the United Kingdom. This technology can identify dangerous substances even if they are contained in a liquid format and without people having to unload their baggage. It is this type of technology that can help detect dangerous substances while making security checks less of a hassle for the general public.


The Human Side Of Aviation Security Continues To Be Key

Despite advancements in aviation security to stop terrorism, the human side of the equation will continue to play a pivotal rule. Human intelligence will be needed to identify who and what poses a threat to the airline industry. Security staff should also be aware of signs that a person may be a threat. The combination of advanced technology and human intelligence is what will keep the world safe from major attacks on our airplanes.

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