Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Airline Security; Stewardesses The Last Line Of Defense! > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Airline Security; Stewardesses The Last Line Of Defense!

Introduction:

It might come as a chock to many people, including the Stewardesses, but the fact remains that in today's Airline Industry, the Stewardess is the last line of defense!

In the 11th of September terrorist attacks, on the WTC and Pentagon, the first victims were the Stewardesses. Savagely attacked by the terrorist on their way to the cockpit's and tortured to pressure pilots, to comply with the terrorists demands.

More mundane, but daily occurrences in the International Airline Industry, is unruly passengers. Who endangers the safety of co-passengers and the aircraft due to mental disturbances, alcohol consumption, stress or disregard for airline regulations, such as remaining seated during takeoff and landing etc. or smoking in prohibited areas on smokeless flights. Stewardesses are expected to deal with these travails, as first responders and can if necessary call on the Pilots for help, if the situation is beyond their control. However, first the Stewardesses have to intervene and are often the victim, of verbal and physical abuse from the unruly passengers.

After the 9-11 attacks pilots; should show precaution before leaving the cockpit, to assist in calming or restraining unruly passengers. The incident could well be a diversion to get the pilots to open, the now locked cockpits, whereupon conspirators of the unruly passenger/s will attack to get access to the cockpit.

Onboard Security:

On the majority of flights, there are no Air Marshals, so problems have to be faced by the Stewardesses. Who either have deal with the matter on their own, or wait for the pilot or co-pilot to assist, or occasionally call upon the assistance from other passengers. As these problems, have been around for decades and will be in the future, it is simply necessary for the Stewardesses to receive training in Self-Defense and Arrest techniques. These skills should simply be part of the standard Stewardess training program, with regular retraining.

Stewardesses have not always just been service minded, multi language, pretty women; when the Icelandic Airline was originally established, all Stewardesses where former Nurses, as that was thought to be necessary, in order to deal with any medical emergencies. My opinion is that today, a similar concern is valid and that is that the Stewardesses, should be able to deal with current security threats as well. It would also be wise, to continue the current trend of adding more Stewards to the crews and preferable to the level of half of the crew.

To give the Stewardesses an extra advantage, a non-lethal weapon such as a mini stun-gun or expandable baton, could be issued and used together with handcuffs etc. CCTV should be installed, with cameras placed in strategic positions, could be supplemented with RF frequency pen-type cameras carried on the Stewardesses uniforms. Monitors should be place in all crew areas; this would give added security, not only to the Stewardesses but also to the pilots, who would be able to respond earlier, to a potential security threat from unruly passengers or terrorists.

Now, some will argue that training Stewardesses, to deal with terrorist incidents are wrong and the focus should be on passenger and baggage security screening. To those I will say yes, I fully agree, to the necessity of pre-screening of passengers and baggage and an increase in Airport security procedures is necessary. However, the current efforts are focused primarily, on simply throwing in more security personnel and making them federal employees, which in reality has done little to actually increase security. This is a fact that is evident by the many cases of persons carrying weapons onboard aircrafts anyway.

This fact has repeatedly been proven by security inspections, where security agents, have boarded aircrafts with weapons and explosives etc. There is also the fact, that the Airlines often have little control over the actual Airport security and close to no-control at foreign Airports. In many foreign airports the airlines simply have to rely on the local security and the occasional inspections, by official institutions such as the FAA etc.

There is also the real threat, of terrorist co-operators working within the Airline service industry, which has access to the Aircrafts and could place weapons or bombs onboard the Aircraft, to be used by the terrorists. And finally, the violent unruly passenger, will always be part of the environment the Stewardesses faces. Perhaps these incidents can be reduced, by enforcing higher penalties and prison terms on those who violate Airline regulations in any manner. But these procedures are going to take time and meanwhile the problem remains, in the hands of the Stewardesses; Our last line of defense!

Dan Sommer is the author of the SD Agent, a Surveillance Detection Manual, he has been part of the process of designing, implementing and training a SD team for a European Embassy. His 17 years security career started in 1986 and he has active experience from military, security, close protection, counter assault team and surveillance detection operations. Since 1994 the author has been writing training material's for security companies and police departments. He has been instructing courses world-wide for security officers, bodyguards, police officers, counter assault teams and surveillance detection units. Dan currently acts as the International Director of the World Federation of Bodyguards and has a private business as a Security & Protection Consultant. His work can be viewed at his website http://www.DanSommer.Biz

In The News:


Aviation repair plan could help repair economy
Press of Atlantic City
Area residents have a right to be cautious when officials start touting the latest plans for building an aviation industry around Atlantic City International Airport. But momentum seems to be building slowly toward the point where years of efforts ...


Looking to soar: Aviation Heritage Park planning museum building
Bowling Green Daily News
The Aviation Heritage Park is getting ready to embark on a $2 million capital campaign to build an 11,000-square-foot museum building. The AHP is in the process of getting $150,000 in funds from the city's transient room tax for site and other prep ...


Whiteside County Airport to land United Express regional jet for ...
Clinton Herald
ROCK FALLS, Ill. — The Whiteside County Airport will host its first Aviation Career Day today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. United Airlines and partner carrier ...

and more »

Economic Times

27 officers get Army 'aviation wings' from CATS - The Economic Times
Economic Times
The aviators were given the coveted 'aviation wings' on the successful completion of their 18-week long training programme. They are now certified to be army ...

and more »

The Economist

An Indian aviation visionary runs into bureaucratic turbulence
The Economist
ALL great aviation ventures start with mavericks willing to defy both the laws of physics and the scepticism of their peers. William Boeing, Oleg Antonov and Howard Hughes are some of the best-known examples. Next, perhaps, is Amol Yadav, who for much ...


Albuquerque Business First

ONE Aviation, formerly Eclipse Aviation, announces layoffs ...
Albuquerque Business First
Eclipse Aerospace, an Albuquerque aviation firm that merged to form ONE Aviation in 2015, is reportedly having layoffs.
Second Round of Layoffs Hit One Aviation Amid EA700 Focus ...Aviation International News
ONE Aviation announces more layoffs | Albuquerque JournalAlbuquerque Journal
Company that bought Eclipse Aviation reduces workforce - KRQE.comKRQE News 13

all 4 news articles »

WTMJ-TV (press release) (blog)

Aviation Authorities Want To Ban Laptops In Checked Bags
WTMJ-TV (press release) (blog)
The Federal Aviation Administration is recommending a global ban on laptops and other large electronics in checked luggage due to the fire hazard posed by their lithium ion batteries. The recommendation is directed at the United Nations International ...
Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggageThe Morning Journal
Intl Civil Aviation Org May Ban Laptops In Checked Bags on PlanesThe Quint
US aviation authority calls for global ban on laptops in checked luggageTravelMole
Chicago Tribune -ICAO
all 128 news articles »

Theadanews

'Fly on the Ford' event offers glimpse of aviation history
Theadanews
Except for a short period as a static display in the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Ford Tri-Motor has served as a flight ambassador for the EAA Aviation Foundation. The plane appeared in the 2008 movie “Public Enemies” and served as ...


Aviation Heritage Park hosts cockpit day and drone dash
WBKO
Past President of Aviation Heritage Park, Bob Pitchford, says turnout was great this year, as community members came to see the various aircrafts around the park and learn about the history behind each one. He says today marked the first public viewing ...


The Independent

Airbus and Bombardier tie-up could signal shift in aviation empires
The Independent
While many aircraft are designed with a possible “stretch” (extending the fuselage to increase the number of seats), the smallest member of the Airbus family is a shrink-of-a-shrink. The extraordinarily successful Airbus A320 entered service three ...

Google News

How to Overcome Jetlag

Jetlag seems to be every traveler's worst nightmare ? especially... Read More

Jet Lag ? 5 Pre-travel Steps to Reduce the Effects of Jet Lag

Ask any regular long-haul flyer about their experience of flying... Read More

Private Jet Ownership Indeed

Wouldn't you like to own your own private jet? Have... Read More

Entering Business Aviation, Part III: Training Options

Time for some training! So, you are not sure what... Read More

Fuel Costs and Air Fares Set To Rocket After Hurricane Katrina Punishes The US

It now looks certain that Hurricane Katrina will push fuel... Read More

Jet Lag ? 5 In-flight Tips

The secret to combating jet lag, and arriving at your... Read More

Cactus Fly-In, Casa Grande AZ

Every year in Arizona is the Cactus Fly-in which is... Read More

Inflatable Slots for STOL

Short Take Off and Landing Aircraft are extremely valuable in... Read More

Static Electricity to Flap UAV Material Memory Wings

How can we keep aircraft and UAVs aloft longer and... Read More

Airlines, Price Wars, and Branding

Here are some thoughts on the study of the theory... Read More

Airline Fuel Costs Mount

The airlines are huge users of fuel. Fuel costs are... Read More

5 Tips for Stress Free Long Haul Flights

The world is becoming smaller by the day. Flying long... Read More

Material Memory and NASA High Tech Plastics for Rotor Blades

Some new materials, types of plastics seem to be stronger... Read More

Find Cheap Tickets From all the Major Airlines

All of the major airlines are now associated with different... Read More

Whos Paying for the Private Jet?

One of the major perks of being a celebrity is... Read More

Airport Noise Reduction

Do you live near an airport and cannot stand the... Read More

Hypersonic or Ultrasonic Sound to Disrupt Laser Beam Attack on Commercial Airliners

In large buildings to prevent sound pollution often double paned... Read More

Laser Beam Guidance for Oshkosh Air Show

The Federal Aviation Administration is devising a method of alerting... Read More

Preventing Rapid Decompression In Commercial Airliners

In Flight Airline Rapid Decompression Breached Window (Airline Safety)Here is... Read More

How to Get a Free Airline Upgrade on Your Flight

Everyone wants to buy a cheap economy ticket and get... Read More

I Am Afraid Of Flying; You Are Not Getting Me A Light Plane

Boy I have heard it all from my friends. I... Read More

Travel Tips:Tips for Safer flying

Flying can be an adventure, but like everything else in... Read More

American Airlines; Crash: Nov. 12, 2001

It seems there were not many comments to the AA... Read More

Business Aviation Networking Notes

The process of finding out about a job, getting interviewed,... Read More

17 Ways to Keep Safe and Secure When Flying

Here are 17 ways to keep safe and secure when... Read More