Aviation Security & TSA

Aviation Security and TSA

Aviation security has become one of serious concerns around the globe. After September 11, 2001, several measures have been taken and improved throughout the aviation industry in order to make commercial aviation safer. However, on the other side of these improved security measures are the complains of delays from the airlines and passengers.

1. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

TSA was introduced to ensure safety in all US airports. Although private companies can screen passengers, the procedures and equipments need to be approved by TSA.

2. Restricted Items (NZCAA, 2008 1)

  • Firearms, guns and weapons
  • Pointed/edged weapons and sharp objects
  • Blunt Instruments
  • Explosives and flammable substances
  • Chemical and toxic substances

3. Security on aircraft

  • Improved cockpit doors
  • CCTV cameras to monitor cabin
  • Passengers can carry only screened liquids

4. Security Screening

  • Improved metal detector
  • Trained security personnel

TSA passenger screen (Video embedded from Youtube)

5. Identification Checks

  • Proper approved identification of passengers
  • Approved identification of airport staff
1. NZCAA. (2008). Notice of Direction: Section 77B of the Civil Aviation Act 1990.. Civil Aviation Authroity of New Zealand.

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