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1st Edition

Aircrew Security
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781138258945
Published November 10, 2016 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

The events of 11 September 2001 changed the world, and in particular the aviation community, forever. Since then, the terrorist threat continues to dominate international air travel and pose a real and present danger to airline passengers and aircrew across the globe. In line with this, expectations of renewed commitments to aircrew security training increased, however the practical reality of the standard of information and effective training often fell short. This book aims to help redress this problem. Intended to help flight crews' deal with the new complexities they face in the skies, it is designed to inform and enlighten crewmembers on the issues posed by air rage and terrorist activities, using techniques for conflict resolution, assessment of threat, mental and physical preparation and post-incident considerations. The culmination of work accomplished from a lifetime of employment in aviation, security and training, the authors use a progressive approach to explain security issues from a flight crewmember's perspective. Using detailed studies of current airline security practice, verified by interviews with crewmembers worldwide, the book uncovers many of the shortcomings of international aviation security and presents plausible and innovative solutions to the problems crewmembers face. Having worked with aviation industry leaders, regulatory authorities, major airlines and flight training organizations, the authors provide a unique blend of guidance, useful to the development of security programs for crewmembers by airlines, corporations and air charter companies. Government agencies commissioned with overseeing and developing aircrew security can also use the book when seeking a better understanding of the needs of crewmembers and airlines. Readership includes: Airline flight crewmembers (pilots, flight engineers and flight attendants); major universities and colleges with aviation programs; members of organizations such as the Airline Transport Association, International Airline Transport Association, World Airline Transport Association, Flight Safety Foundation, Pilot and Flight Attendant labor unions as well as government agencies.

Table of Contents

Contents: Identifying the Threats: Aviation security: crewmember perspectives; Disruptive passengers and sky rage; Aircraft hijacking - a continual threat; Investigating terrorism; Explosive devices; Scary stuff: chemical/biological/radiological weapons. Preparing for the Threats: Awareness for survival; Mental preparation: developing a survival mindset; Conflict management; Flight crew use of force. Dealing with the Threats: Profiling; Flight crew survival tactics and techniques; Unconventional self-defense; Post incident considerations; The War on Terrorism; Epilogue; Index.

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Captain Clois Williams (retired) is President of the Diversified Training Company, Inc, USA, and First Officer Steven Waltrip is Vice President of the Aviation Safety and Security Association and also at Diversified Training Company, Inc.


'Aircrew Security: A Practical Guide is as valuable resource for at least three reasons. First, it is probably the only book on this specific topic and certainly the most up-to-date book on the subject available. Second, the authors are highly qualified to discuss the topic. ... The third reason this book is worth reading is that it identifies a new reality in commercial aviation - the potential of another 9/1l attack has created a new physical and psychological (sic) between the flight deck and passenger cabin. 'The authors have done an excellent job in meeting thier stated purpose for writing this book. It is well organized and well written with a wealth of valuable information.' International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5 no 1 2005