Assessment of technologies deployed to improve aviation by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Materials Advisory Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Panel on Assessment of Technologies Deployed to Improve Aviation Security

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This new information has already been a factor in design considerations for reducing the vulnerabilities of aircraft systems and structures to an internal blast in the cargo hold areas of new commercial aircraft. Despite this progress, viable near-term solutions have yet to be demonstrated for protecting the current commercial fleet through retrofitting. , 1995). Nevertheless, a single bombing event that results in the loss of life or property is not acceptable to the airlines, the economy, or society as a whole.

Although the FAA has the overall responsibility for the effectiveness of aviation security, the buy-in of other stakeholders is critical for funding security equipment and for implementing a long-term security strategy, such as the TAAS (total architecture for aviation security) described in Chapter 2. In this chapter, the roles and responsibilities of the FAA, the air carriers, airports, and independent security contractors are discussed (see Figure 3-1). S. civil aviation security program today is a combination of laws, regulations, and resources for protecting the industry and the traveling public against terrorism and other criminal acts.

Postal Service dictate that any weight overload will usually result in the removal of passengers rather than the removal of mail. Seventy-five percent of the commercial airline fleet is narrow-body aircraft, which means that 80 percent of 27 baggage travels in bulk cargo holds or in the passenger cabin and only 20 percent in ULD containers. Therefore, if HULDs were used for 100 percent of the wide-body fleet, they would still only account for approximately 20 percent of all passenger luggage. The development and use of HULDs are discussed in Chapter 5.

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