For example in october 1968 in usa an ex naval

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For example in October 1968 in USA an ex-naval official boarded a Trans World Airways B707 carrying with him a huge pile of grenades, fire arms and other material inside the aircraft. He also took a rifle along by concealing it into a fishing rod. Later he hijacked the aircraft and took it to Italy about 1000 kilometres away. This gives an indication of the standards of the security arrangements available during those days. However slowly, most of the countries started recognizing the importance of security after experiencing phenomenal increase in the tendency of hijacking all over the world. For this purpose these countries started adopting strict security measures for making air travel safer. The very first step in this direction was to do the through checking of passengers and their baggage. Similarly the staff and officials of airlines and airport were also subjected to security checks before entering the airport area. Worldwide inspection and screening of passengers and cabin baggage went into effect July 15, 1974. Because of strictness in security checking a large number of arms and ammunition were detected during seventies and early eighties. Thus more than 225 thousand weapons and ammunition were seized from 1971 to 1981 during such checking at various airports. Out of this there were more than 80,000 firearms ammunition and explosives and over 150 thousands were knives and similar type of articles. It is interesting to note that where as in 1971 there were only 36 cases of seizures of arms and ammunition and only 115 cases of seizure of knives in 1973 these number rose to the astronomical (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ Aviation Safety & Security Management figures of 13,461 and 32,525 respectively. In 1975 the numbers rose to a record figure of 32,538 and 20,866 respectively. As per reports from US Government during the year 1973 about 3500 passengers were detained for checking at 531 US Airports since they were suspected to be possessing weapons. Out of them about 300 people refused to be checked and therefore they were not allowed to board the aircraft. The remaining 3200 were arrested. And then about 2000 guns 35000 pounds of ammunition and about 23,000 knives and other dangerous weapons were recovered from them. (However many of the above articles were carried by girls travelling alone possibly for self-defence). After such strict checking the number of weapons carried by air travellers started decreasing. Perhaps by that time it was well understood by all that it was difficult to carry these items in view of intensified security measures at various airports. Perhaps due to the same reasons even there was considerable reduction in number of cases of unlawful seizures. The number of unlawful seizure of aircraft which had reduced in 1973 has continued at about the same level since then. The relatively static level of occurrences was mostly due to successful implementation of the world wide inspection/screening of passengers and their baggage carried out by security personnel.
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