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1st Edition

How to Stop a Hijacking
Critical Thinking in Civil Aviation Security

  • Available for pre-order on March 17, 2023. Item will ship after April 7, 2023
ISBN 9781032373003
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
280 Pages

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Book Description

Hijackings and bombings have plagued civil aviation since 1930 and air rage incidents are on the rise. While there is aircraft and in-flight training available for air marshals, other first responders receive minimal training on inflight security awareness and protocols. There are no other resources currently available to flight crews or armed first responders that specifically address in-flight security and how to address threats of disturbances on airplanes.

How to Stop a Hijacking provides readers with fundamental principles on how to think more critically about onboard security threats. The aircraft cabin poses unique environment and security challenges, and first responders can apply security awareness and critical thinking skills to establish a safer environment in the cabin and airport for everyone onboard. The lessons in this book are driven with the central objective of teaching the reader how to counter inflight aggression and maintain tactical control of the cabin. Written by a former federal air marshal instructor, this book looks at the recent rash of air rage incidents and violence on airplanes, in addition to the real and ever-present threat of hijack or potential explosive device.

How to Stop a Hijacking is a practical guide that offers methodological and tactically proven strategies for stopping violent acts onboard an aircraft inflight.

Table of Contents

I. The Basics of Inflight Security  1. Introduction to Inflight Security  2. A Brief History of Threats to Civil Aviation  3.Terrorist Attack Planning and Hijack Tactics  4. Inflight Jurisdiction, Inflight Awareness, and Layers of Aviation Security  II. Behavioral Detection and Adversary Recognition  5. Passenger Profiles  6. Proactive Profiling  7. Surveillance Detection  III. Safety and Security Considerations  8. Flight Deck Door Procedure Awareness  9. Passenger Search and Restraint  10. Inflight Medical Response  11. Inflight Fire Response  IV. Tenets of Inflight Security  12. The Principles of Inflight Security  13. The Tactical Mission Statement  14. Act Decisively  15. Use Speed, Surprise, and Aggression  16. Simplicity of Tactics  17. Techniques vs. Principles   18. Communication  19. Six-Check  20. Aggressive Mindset, Stress, and Motor Skills Management  V. Counter-Hijack Response Strategies  21. OODA Loop Theory 2 . Positions of Dominance and Advantage  23. Considerations for Armed First Responders  24. Considerations for Unarmed First Responders  25. Least-Risk Bomb Location  26. Suicide-Bomber Response  27. Aircraft Specific Tactics for First Responders  28. Multi-Level Aircraft Considerations  29. Emergency Evacuation  30. Outside Breach of Aircraft  31. Post-Incident Stabilization  Cnclusion

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Clay W. Biles is a former US Federal Air Marshal and inflight security instructor. Biles joined the Federal Air Marshal Service in 2008 and flew more than 1 million miles on international and domestic flights. Biles resigned in 2013 and founded High Order Security, a company that assists at-risk personnel in Latin America. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.