By Jeffrey C. Price and Jeffrey S. Forrest, Ph.D.; Reviewed by Randall K. "Doc" Holladay
Practical Aviation Security is the go to book for anyone interested in understanding aviation security systems.
***** Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats. By Jeffrey C. Price and Jeffrey S. Forrest, Ph.D; published by Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann; available from ASIS, item #1832, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); $79 (ASIS members), $87 (nonmembers).
The events of 9-11 forever changed the landscape of aviation security. In Practical Aviation Security, authors Jeffrey Price and Jeffrey Forrest detail how those changes are manifested in laws, regulations, procedures, and technology, and how to implement practical measures, systems, and procedures to prevent both criminal and terrorist acts.
Reading like a college textbook, the book covers commercial and general aviation, cargo, international operations, threat detection, and response systems. Price and Forrest explore the history of terrorist acts against the sector and how perpetrators have used aircraft as a means of destroying symbols of our way of life. These case studies provide insight into how security practitioners can anticipate and deflect threats.
Beyond terrorism, the text addresses more traditional crimes involving the aviation sector, such as human and drug trafficking, transportation of stolen property, employee theft, workplace violence, and cyberthreats.
The book’s standout features include key terms and objectives provided at the beginning of each chapter. A companion Web site is available to keep the reader updated on recent events and changes in security procedures—critical since aviation security processes constantly evolve to address dynamic threats.
This book is a great resource for anyone—student or seasoned practitioner—who wants to better understand security system applications in aviation security.
Reviewer: Randall K. “Doc” Holladay works in ground operations for Southwest Airlines and a U.S. Army reservist, serving as a CID agent with the Criminal Investigation Command. He has spent more than 20 years in law enforcement and is a member of ASIS International.