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officials were alert enough during checking? Similarly in June 1990 a renowned American journalist whose daughter had perished in Lockerbie crash flew on London Heathrow-New York route carrying a radio/cassette recorder in which a dummy bomb was hidden. The intension was to demonstrate the slackness of such agencies. Since security officials failed to detect the bomb it created an embarrassing situation for the British Government. (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ Aviation Safety & Security Management Additional Vigil Many countries adopt additional preventive measures. Among these nations Israel is considered as one of best. In addition certain other countries are also quite strict. For example Israel carries security commandos on its flights. Mostly these commandos sit inside the cabin along with normal passengers at specific locations (normally in civil cloths). If required these people can attack and immobilize the hijackers. It is understood that national carriers of USA, Netherlands, Switzerland Pakistan and many more countries also carry plain clothed commandos on some of their flights. Sometimes airlines of certain countries carry male as well as female commandos aboard their flights in the guise of normal passengers who sit in the cabin along with other passengers and behave like normal travellers. Some quarters are of the view that security guards should not be armed on an airliner because if a bullet should penetrate the skin of a pressurised cabin the aircraft could disintegrate or the passengers be sucked out. Some examples in this regard have also been given in respect of Iraqi airlines crash near Jordan on 25 December, 1986 in which a large number of passengers and crew were killed as a result of a shoot out between hijackers and the armed guards and that of El Al flight of 1969 when Leila Khaled narrowly missed from blasting a grenade. However this is not always true. Pressurised bombers B-29 were frequently hit by bullets and riddled by sharpenels during raids over Japan during World War II yet were able to return safely. Of course if by chance the bullets happen to hit the crucial fuel or hydraulic lines or a part of the engines perhaps there could be a problem. It may be mentioned that usually the sky marshals use low-velocity bullets to lessen the risk. On most of the flights passengers are not allowed to enter the cockpit without any valid reason and even this can be done only with the specific permission of the pilot in command. For this purpose Israel was the first nation to introduce bullet proofing and automatic door closing technique of the cockpit doors in their aircraft. This was soon followed by many other airlines. Many airports have been effectively utilizing services of trained dogs and sometimes pigs for detection of bombs explosives and firearms etc. These animals are capable of sniffing and identifying (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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UNIT 9: Civil Aviation Society Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ dangerous objects either carried by a passenger or kept inside the
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