The Breach of Security at San Jose’s Airport Raises Broader Issues

This Transportation Security Perspective is the fifth in a continuing series produced by the National Transportation Safety and Security Center of the Mineta Transportation Institute. These examine major terrorist attacks and trends in terrorists targeting surface transportation. This paper discusses a nonviolent, non-terrorist breach of security at Mineta San Jose Airport, and the questions it raised for airport security nationwide. The author states that breaches such as this are neither uncommon nor particularly dangerous, but they highlight flaws in perimeter security that could potentially allow terrorists entry to commercial airplanes. The author then details how perimeter security could be improved, but notes that the costs of doing so may outweigh the current risks. The author concludes that since the consequences of a perimeter security breach are confined to a single airport, rather than the entire airport security system, instituting more severe security policies nationwide may be impractical and unnecessary.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 5p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01753989
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 6:41PM