This article describes the various airport security measures available. The airport operator's responsibility for proper security begins at the property boundary and ends at the threshold of the aircraft. The various methods employed for controling boundary intrusion includes metal chain link fences, patrols, and sophisticated equipment such as closed-circuit TV, low-light lenses, ground vibration detectors and microwave fences. All vehicle access must be positively indentified at the access gate and may be further controlled inside the airport grounds by dividing the airport into security zones - each zone having a corresponding security pass. Staff access can be controlled by requiring ID cards to be displayed in plain view, the use of colors, overlays and zone punching. The need for the security screening of passengers will always remain. Various methods include metal detectors, x-ray scanning, and explosive vapour detectors. The author concludes that it is wise to have an airport surveyed by a professional surveyor who will be able to relate his previous experience to each airport.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 543-544
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 31
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1977 12:00AM