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AirCarrier Operations

AirCarrier Operations

The9/11 terrorist attack in the US led to considerable changes in theaviation industry, principally on safety. The assault revealed thevulnerability of the air transport sector to terrorism not just inthe US, but also around the world. The international aviationindustry was considerably shaken by the incidents, laying thefoundation for the need for changes in the sector. Stakeholdersworking in close cooperation with the government and private sectorintroduced numerous measures that have seen a decline in terroristattacks in the industry. The air craft operations have changed withtime right, both pre-flight and post-flight activities. The currentsociety continues to face greater and sophisticated risks due toterrorism around the world. It is, thus, important for the industryoperators to keep introducing stringent and proper measures toenhance the aviation safety.

Onearea that has faced immense changes is the flight deck operations.Right from structural modifications and crew training, the on flightdeck processes have been modified over time to reduce vulnerability.The propensity of 9/11-type of hijacking has been eradicatedsignificantly after the operators engaged in advanced securitymeasures. The physical onboard measures include training of crew onhow to detect and respond to terrorist attacks. The workers areundertaking drills regularly to create awareness to the crew.Currently, cockpit doors are supposed to be armored and lockedthroughout the flight to avoid unwarranted intrusion by the would-beattackers. Additionally, the region is fitted with video cameras toenable the pilots to scan the likely threats. As such, risks topilots have decreased since they work in close cooperation with thecrew. Nobody is allowed into the deck hence, reducing the risklevels that can contribute harm to the team members (Oster, Strong, &ampZorn, 2013).

Screeningof the passengers and other officials entering the aircraft has gonea long way to improving the security level. The airline pilots havemore responsibilities in ensuring that the proposed measures areadhered to effectively by both the crew and passengers. The aircarrier operations also require the team to work in closecollaboration through reporting inappropriate incidents to thecontrollers (Hodge, 2014). The Crew Resource Management (CRM) enablesthe utilization of technology in improving safety. The CRM does notonly allow proper sharing of information but organizes the group onhow to respond to attacks among other incidents.

Moreover,the Transportation Safety Board in the US was created to assist inenhancing security within the airport. The agency undertakes on-boardsafety measures where armed officers assist in maintaining security.Pilots are also allowed to carry arms on the flight deck. Air controlhas been streamlined to allow military interventions at times ofsuspected attacks. Better intelligence gathering in the industryassists in tracking attackers (Glendon, 2016).

Inconclusion, the 9/11 attack in the U.S changed the face of theaviation in its approaches towards enhancing security. At flightdeck, the interventions have contributed to structural modificationsof the security features. Training of the crew and regular drillshave also helped much in improving the security at the airports andduring flights. Since the new measures came into force, the number ofterrorist attacks on aircrafts has reduced. It is appropriate for theindustry operators to continue introducing strategies that wouldplace them ahead of the terrorists’ thinking.


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