The events of the past few weeks have not only grabbed the attention of the global community, but have left the aviation industry in a state of uncertainty. Fingers are continuing to be pointed as to the security at Brussels Airport in the aftermath of the bombing, in which at least 30 people were killed.
The attack wasn’t just a targetted assault on the country, but a strategic blow internationally, resulting in disruption of airlines and transportation globally.
While a number of speculative theories circulate, whatever the official findings are, the aviation industry needs to take definate action to address issues of responsibility and security.
Speaking to Henry Wilkinson at The Risk Advisory Group, and others who have offered their views on the situation in Belgium, the incident has raised numerous questions that require several shareholders to collectively come together to move forward. The first question, and one that many have raised, is why are there no international standards when it comes to international standards, and would they help?
Following the 9/11 attacks in the US, security checkpoints were enhanced, and additional screening practices were introduced, however, many airport’s check-in areas, often the busiest areas of an airport, remain unprotected.
Flying through Istanbul recently, the airport has placed a level of security screening the moment you enter the airport. Is this an option that would assist in protecting airport infrastructure? Possibly, but as Wilkinson argues, it will just increase the perimiter and where should this be extended to? Should airports have scanners at all car park entrances and road entry points?
Whatever the case, the industry needs to evolve in order to dispell innovative terrorist attacks that are targetting evident weaknesses.