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In his book, Airport and Aviation Security Elias2 (21) states that mandatory screening in airports is among the strategies that the DHS is employing to prevent terrorists from gaining entry into the country. According to the policy, all passengers from abroad are subjected to thorough screening at the airports to prevent entry of explosives and illegal arms or illicit drugs into the country.
The screening policy at the airport was expanded recently following an Ebola scare. This follows a growing concern among Americans of the possible spread of the Ebola into the United States. In the news article “Ebola Airport Screenings May Seem Intrusive, But They’re Legal, Experts Say”, Tucker (6) notes that Ebola, a disease that was first reported in West Africa, has already claimed the lives of close to 2,000 people. Among the West African countries where deaths have been reported include Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Ebola has also been reported in Spain and the U.S., where the disease recently claimed the life of a patient who had been transferred from West Africa for treatment. The Ebola scare has caused a scare to Americans to the extent that the government has been forced to put stringent measures to prevent the spread of Ebola into the U.S.
According to the new policy, passengers arriving from West African countries, such as Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are required to be subjected to thorough screening for Ebola virus. A news article published by Eye Witness News stated that the screening involves checking the passengers temperatures using non-touch thermometers and other screening techniques (5). The main aim of Ebola screening at the airport is to help identify sick passengers from Ebola affected countries so that appropriate measures are taken to prevent the passengers from mixing with the rest of the American population. Any passengers found showing symptoms of Ebola are quarantined immediately in the isolation facilities
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This limitation is acknowledged in some countries. There are individuals who underwent rigorous and special training which would give them the ‘license’ or the capability to engage passengers in a conversation to detect threats instead of merely relying on equipment to do the job (GAO, 2004).
Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc., director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and that written by David A. Schauer, Sc.D., C.H.P., executive director of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), regarding the safety of airport security scanners.
Prior to the terrorist attack, the government’s policies only allowed for a substandard level of airport security. The problem not only focused on private security firms, but the dependence on airline financing, as well as inadequate oversight on the part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other stakeholders in the fragmented airport security domain.
United States has a vast domestic transportation system which is also inextricably entwined with the global transport infrastructure, and for United States to safeguard itself, he has to redefine its modus operandi in terms of border security and transportation security.
The airport is 18.3 feet above sea level.
EWR was the region’s first major airport started on October 1, 1928 by the City of Newark on 68 acres of marshland (NLC, n.d.). It soon became the world’s busiest airport. During the World War II, the Army
Jeppesen Terminal is linked to Concourse A by a 365 foot long, glass enclosed pedestrian bridge that affords uninterrupted view of tarmac activity below. TRACON and FMA systems assist ATCs to accomplish feats of landing even 3
The research focuses on determining whether to replace the government’s airport screeners as well as passenger screening personnel with private persons. The safety and security of the passengers, crew, and airplanes far outweigh the
But the question raised is whether this machine can detect explosives hidden in private areas. Other areas of concern are the comparatively less speed of WBI, the fact that people with medical concerns are ineligible for such concerns, health concerns as images are