Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

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Airport Security: Incidents That Changed Procedures

  • H. PanterEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_278-1


A security incident that changed security procedures is defined by the involvement of the following essential components: hijacking, skyjacking for ransom, attempted bombings/bombing incidents on planes, and/or attacks on airport structures themselves. In respect to hijacking, a hijacking is the seizure of a plane’s control by force or threat of force. Skyjacking is the kidnapping of passengers of an airplane by threats of force for ransom whether monetary or political. Besides the historical analysis of these crimes and forms of terrorist activities targeted at commercial aviation, this entry describes how specific security incidents influenced airport security procedures.


Modern aviation is favored as a target for attacks because of its vulnerabilities and human, psychological, and economic repercussions. Notably, planes are highly visible targets that are readily associated with specific nations, and a successful attack generates a large number of causalities...


Terrorism Skyjackings Hijackings Airplane bombings Airport security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Policing StudiesLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK