How 9/11 changed the world of airline and airport security

Since the two aircraft ploughed into the twin towers in New York and other attacks on the US Pentagon, airport and airline security has had to change to prevent hijacks and ground attacks. But it has affected the ease of people travelling.

Flight has reported on developments from the security industry including a Honeywell device to be fitted to Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s called the pilot override system that works as a recovery system using the automatic flight control system in fly-by-wire airliners to override pilots who set a course that would enter restricted airspace or intentionally collide with buildings.

Another article headlined USA acts to avoid 9/11 repetition with temporary flight restrictions, one of which includes a a 30 minute which involves a “30min seat rule” on commercial flights where passengers will be required to remain seated for 30min after take-off and prior to landing, and limiting general aviation flights.

Have new measure been effective? This article was published in 2006 in which Safety and operations editor David Learmount concluded that there had been no hijack attempt since September 2001, “with the exception of an event in Colombia where lawless elements dominate some parts of the country. But even then the aircraft and its passengers survived.”

  • What are your views on airport and airline security?
  • Is there less of a threat of terrorism now which should lead to rules and regulations being relaxed?
  • Have the security measures put in place been a success? 

See a whole host of other security related features post 9/11 in the Flightglobal Historic pages to see how the industry has changed.


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