Confidence in airline security shaken

Bill Westcott
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Since the incredulous disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 just about everyone is thinking AND questioning air travel and security.

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A while ago it was take off your shoes, frisking, then they introduced full body scans and in recent years no liquids or jells are allowed onboard without being specially bagged in regulation-sized sealed format.

More and more It seems these measures are only minuscule.

A larger commitment

Governments and air carriers of all stripes need to make a larger commitment if they hope to boost passenger safety and to better manage airport security resources.

I was amazed to learn that last year Interpol reported, passengers around the world were able to board planes more than one billion times without having their passports checked against the registry.

Whatever happened to Flight MH370 is absolutely mind-bending. The passport is a building block of security. But is it?

How a jumbo jet with 239 passengers and crew can disappear after an hour into flight and remain missing for days despite a global search effort involving more than 80 aircraft and ships from at least 10 nations boggles the mind.

These days technology enables people to locate a missing cat or dog or change the combination of the locks on front doors from thousands of miles away.

But, all this technology is not working the way it should. Flight MH370 has sadly proven that. The click of a switch cutting off all communications with air traffic control questions the whole airline security systems both on the ground and in the air.

Are we living in a fool's paradise? We can't tell. The frightening question is: who will be the next victim of false security in our airports and onboard?

Only time has the answer.

— Bill Westcott is a resident of Clarke's Beach

Organizations: Interpol

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